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Should teachers be looking out for mental health issues in children?

Some people may find the statistics shocking but one in ten children between the ages of 5-16 have mental health issues that could be diagnosed. With this in mind, surely it is essential that are teacher are trained to not only notice the signs of this but also to educate child about mental health the same as they do relationships and sex education.

Mental health still has a stigma attached to it and therefore many young people will not openly talk about it or will admit when they have a problem. If we started to educate children from a younger age, then maybe it would become a more acceptable condition within society.

Many people think that people with mental health issues are all dangerous, but this is often not the case. Even people with illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not proven to be dangerous in fact it is more the misuse of substances and alcohol that causes dangerous and violent behaviour.

Depression is one of the biggest mental health issues in the UK and still far too few people are aware of exactly what it is and how it can affect people in different ways. Often people with depression can be the types of people that we assume are always happy and would not be affected by illnesses such as this.

Looking for work in an office environment?

Office work is probably one of the most popular types of jobs, especially amongst school leavers as there is often a large amount of these types of roles available and some require little or no experience. This does not mean that these jobs are not rewarding and good jobs to have. Office jobs can vary widely depending on what industry they are in. If you chose to take on an office job that is based within a company that deals directly with the public, then you may find that much of your role is customer facing and managing being the go between with the customer and the business. If you chose to work for a company that sells to the trade, then your role may be more based around working on your own or closely with internal members of staff rather than with the public.

Working in an office is a great way to get a feel for a work place. You will often get to liaise with different departments and get to understand how the company works.

Often you have the opportunity to progress from an office role such as an office junior up to manager or co-ordinator quite quickly if you show willing and are reliable.

 

 

Emergency lesson planning? Why not use homework?

If as a supply teacher you are bought in to a class and have been given no lesson plan and little time to create anything then you may worry about how and what you are going to teach the class. Using the homework ethos is a great idea when it comes to emergency lesson planning. With homework the child should be able to complete the task with little or no resources, it should be based on something that they have already covered in some detail and should be something they can do with little reinforcement.

When you enter the classroom as a supply teacher, take some time to look around at the displays within the room, have a look through the students work books to get an idea of what topics they have been working on and if there is another teacher teaching the same age group, ask them what sorts of subjects have been covered.

Depending on the age and ability of the students you may be able to set the same work for the whole class, but if you do need to set different work then use the same core idea and just adapt it accordingly.

Tips for supply teachers

When going in to a school as a supply teacher, you may feel quite nervous and worries, especially if you have never taught there before. Not only do you have to get used to the way the school is run and set out but also the other members of staff and the pupils. Every school may have slightly different policies and so if possibly it is important to find out how the school operates and the names of the teaching staff.

When going in to the new classroom, beware that not all pupils deal with change in a good way and you may come across a certain amount of resistance. Many pupils may think that they can wrap the wool over your eyes as you are not familiar with the school of the pupils but if you have a teaching assistant to hand, do not be afraid to have a chat with them first or if anything comes up that you are not sure of.

Always have a tried and tested lesson planned that you can use if possible so you are confident in what you have to teach and how to do it. Set out clear boundaries to the pupils when you first start the lesson explaining what you expect and what you don’t expect from them and do not be afraid to challenge a difficult pupil.

Teachers can have a massive impact on a child’s early life skills

Teachers have a lot of pressure put on them to perform well and although many people think that teachers are only responsible for ensuring that our children have a good education, the truth is they are often responsible for much much more.

Children pick up life skills from everyone around them so although a lot of this can be taught at home, they will also learn many important skills at school, as they spend the majority of their waking time there. If a child has not gone to nursery and does not have brothers or sisters living with them, it may be that they have not had much experience with having to share and play with other children, When they go to school this is something they will be expected to do quite quickly and the teacher will often need to instigate this and help where needed.

Many of us remember our first teacher and will think about something they taught us, and this may not necessarily be something academic.

Teachers have a hard task of having to teach children life skills without having the one to one time a parent at home may have.

 

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