As a teacher it is your job to teach the students the curriculum as set out byt the government, but along with the academic side of things, there are also some important life skills that you need to teach them too. In reception, children may have a wide range of abilities and so you may need to tailor your lessons to allow for smaller groups.
Friendships is always something that causes issues right from reception class, and it is vital that children learn what an acceptable way of treating people is, and what isn’t acceptable. They may need to be taught to share, or to vent their anger in a different way. All of these skills are used throughout our lives and can help children or adults.
Punctuality is another skill that can be discussed at school. Teaching pupils why it is important to be on time to things and the effects it can have if people are late. This is something that is often very important later on in life when you have a job.
Taking pride in your appearance is another skill that children should be taught from a young age. Knowing what is acceptable to wear at school and at home can help a child understand that different things are ok for home that may be for work or school.
Some parents believe that it is a teacher’s job to teach a child all they need to know to pass exams and do well in life academically, but without the support of parents this can be almost impossible. The role of a teacher is very demanding and often you do not have enough time to spend one on one with the children. It may be that the teacher has a class of very mixed abilities and therefore need to insure that the work is challenging enough for the higher ability and not over whelming for the lower ability.
There is only so much a teacher can do and the parents pay a big part. Listening to your child read every day (if possible) will really help in all aspects of their education. Taking an active role in overseeing their homework and even as simple as asking them what they have done at school that day will help them grasp essential life skills.
As your child gets older you may need to allow them to get involved in after school clubs or groups to teach them new skills that they may not have the opportunity to learn at school. When the time comes for selecting GCSE subjects, parents can help a child understand what qualifications they need to continue down a specific career path.
With many schools now splitting classes in to groups f children from different year groups, it is essential that teachers know how to teach to allow all pupils the level of work and support they need. Especially small schools, where there is simply not enough pupils to have one teacher per year group, adopt the idea of teaching all the children together.
If you do work in a classroom like this then you need to consider your lesson and how you can tailor it to all the pupils or if you need to split the class in to smaller groups. Working in groups will allow you to give each one a separate task but remember that you may only have one TA or at times no one else to assist you.
Often teachers chose to start off by talking to the class as a whole and giving them a group task then splitting the class down in to groups or pairs to work on slight variations of the work. Then at the end you can bring them back together again to do a summary.
Putting children in mixed year classes has shown to help the overall achievement of the class with the younger students picking up information quickly from the older ones.
When you qualify as a teacher you have the choice as to whether to go into a permanent position or to go in to supply teaching. Supply teachers can be based a different school every day or they may be bought in to the same school for a number of weeks on a supply basis. Supply teaching can be a very rewarding job. If you have qualified as a teacher and looking for work quickly or if you have been employed as a full time teacher and are looking for something different then many people recommend trying supply teaching.
Supply teacher jobs can offer you variety and a chance to gain experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds. As a supply teacher you will usually get paid more than a full time employed teacher, meaning that you may only need to work possibly 3 or 4 days a week to make your salary up to that of what you would have earned in a permanent position. If you find your current teaching job stressful, supply teaching may be just the break you need allowing you to work with a variety of pupils and often not having to worry about the all aspects of planning / marking / reports etc. Some supply teachers are expected to still carry on with marking etc. so be sure to check what you need to be doing.
A supply teacher will often find that their role varies from school to school and often even from class to class meaning that sometimes they will be working off lesson plans that have already been given to them and other times they will be responsible for planning the lessons, teaching them and also marking the work afterwards.
Supple teacher are often paid more per day than permanent teachers but it may be that they one get work for a few days of the week so that money needs to last them longer. Also as a supply teacher you will not be paid for holidays unless you are on some sort of a contract which states you will.
With the variety of the job, many people say they enjoy supply teaching and find it more interesting than teaching the same class day in day out, although you can be offered a longer term supply teaching contract.
You may actually find that you miss being able to build up a relationship with the children and also with the other staff members and you will need to be able to quickly adapt to new surroundings to enable you to do the job to your best abilities.