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Organising work in the run up to Christmas

The festive period is almost upon us and you may have started to notice that your class is already getting in the Christmas spirit. This may mean that you find it harder to get them to focus and do the work that has been set for them. It can be frustrating if you have got a lot of work you need to get through, especially as so many children have had a lot of time off from school over the past two years but there are ways in which you can help turn the situation around. Rather than getting annoyed about them being too over excited, you need to try and get them to put all of that energy and excitement in to something else. Creating work that is themed around Christmas or that is fun to do but still involves learning is the perfect mix. You may want them to write a letter to Santa or ask them to work out how much it is going to cost to buy all their family presents. All of these sorts of tasks are practical and fun but also help them continue to learn without them even realising they are doing it.

Save time by reusing your lesson plan

If you are a teacher, you will already know that your time is very precious and if you can save time anywhere you should do.

It is common practice to spend a lot of your spare time in the evenings and weekends planning lessons and marking work. It is a good idea to try and reuse as much of your planning as possible to cut down on the time it takes in the future. Very often you will be teaching the same topics year after year so it is worth ensuring that you save your lesson plans in detail to enable you to reuse them when possible. It may be that you have to teach different year groups. This doesn’t mean your previous lesson plans couldn’t be used again just that they would have to be amended.

Make sure that you have a good lesson plan template that you can use time and time again. If you do not have one, you can often find great examples online or if you work with a teaching agency they may be able to give you one.

Another way your lesson plans can come in use is to share them with other teachers that work in your school or through teaching forums.

Finding teaching methods to suit your pupils

As a teacher it is important that you find different teaching methods that you can use for different pupils. Although this may make your job a little more complicated it can help immensely with individual children’s learning.

It is unfair for us to expect that all children learn at the same speed and level. Many children will excel in one area but then may struggle in another. It is important to refinish when your teaching method doesn’t suit a child and try and adapt it to ensure they are not missing our. It may be that they need more one on one attention, in which case you may be able to get a teaching assistant to sit with the child and help them along. If there are quite a large group of pupils that don’t seem to get it, it may be that you are going too fast or are using words they don’t already understand. Rather than getting frustrated try and take a step back and approach the subject matter in a totally different way. Visualising things can often help a lot so don’t forgot to draw or write things down to get the children to be able to see what you mean.

Choose supply teaching for a better work/life balance

Getting a full time teaching contract with a local authority is usually top of the list for many graduate teachers but for those with family commitments working as a supply teacher could be a much better option as it is easier to plan your working hours and days around your family.

The first thing you will need to decide is whether to seek work through one of the teaching agencies or whether you are going to source supply teaching posts independently. Most local authorities will only consider supply teachers who are signed up to an agency, but sometimes smaller schools are more flexible in their approach. Although the salary when working as a supply teacher for an agency is usually less you will be guaranteed regular work and can determine the days you are available for work.

For many teachers the plus side of supply teaching is two-fold firstly you are in control of the days that you are available for work so for instance you can fit in hobbies or holidays to suit you and your family, the second advantage is that you will not be responsible for much of the paperwork that many teachers find onerous and time consuming although some basic assessment at the end of a teaching day will usually be required.

Teaching with a difference

If you would like to work in an education setting but do not want to work with young children it may be worth exploring a career in further education. This is any study that takes place after secondary school but outside of higher education (university).

In further education, the teaching does not always happen in a classroom. It can take place in community centres, workplaces and private training centres and could involve teaching a variety of learners including young people and adults who are returning to education.

Courses can range from basic literacy and numeracy skills to apprenticeships and technical qualifications such as BTECs and can be full time, part time or taught in a block.

The benefits of working as a further education teacher are mainly down to the positive attitude of the students to their learning. As they have chosen to embark on a further education course they are more likely to work hard and successfully complete the course with your support along the way.

If you want to train or retrain to teach in further education some employers will let you start teaching without a qualification because you can work towards one as you go. This also means you will be earning a salary straight away. A bursary may be available for certain subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Engineering and can help with living costs whilst training.

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