Bright Teachers

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Children who may need additional support

Working in a school, you will always come across children who need additional support – whether it is due to a disability, learning difficulty or something else. Sometimes, however, children do not have an official diagnosis and so it is easy to brush their issues aside – time and resources are limited, after all. It is important to try and avoid doing this. For some children, getting a diagnosis of a condition such as dyslexia can be a real struggle and many people are not diagnosed until they are at university or even later. School can be extremely difficult for children who feel they are different to their peers, and not having a ‘label’ may not make their issues any less real. Although funding is probably not available for children... Read More »

How can parents support teachers?

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... Read More »

A teachers guide to planning a parents evening

Many teachers often find their job quite stressful. This can be for a number of reasons such as one or more disruptive pupils, the sheer volume of work load they are expected to do or dealing with the parents of the pupils. Often teachers say that parents can cause them more anxiety than the pupils and that they often feel under minded and not supported by a number of parents of the pupils in their class. When it comes to parent’s evening, teachers need to tell the parents about the progress of the child in terms of their education but also discuss any other matters such as behaviour, friendships and possibly even effects of family life. As some parents may feel quite protective of their child, these subjects can be... Read More »

Reading books for children

With many children now back at school, parents are often looking at ways in which they can help to improve or aid their child’s learning. Often schools give out books to pupils to take home to read and this can be done right from reception age. When they first start they will usually be given a few picture books to start to try and understand what is happening in the picture and work out if there were words, what they might say. As they progress they will start to move up the levels and be given books with harder words and sentences. Children can very quickly pick up new skills and often it doesn’t take them long to start to move up the stages. Reading at home as well as... Read More »

Multiple age classrooms

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... Read More »