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How to use your TA effectively

A TA (teaching assistant) can be a massive help to a teacher in a classroom. As a teacher you may have a teaching assistant with you all the time or you may only have one for a limited number of days or hours per day. If the teaching assistant is higher level, they may be able to teach the class and cover if you are absent but this has not shown to have positive effects on pupils learning. A Ta should be used to aid the teacher not replace them and using a TA to work with low ability children also has not proven to be beneficial.

Ideally you will want to have time with your TA out of teaching time to discuss and plan future work. You need to ensure that your TA understands exactly what you need and expect of them and where the boundaries are.

You may want to use your TA to deliver one to one support or in a small group as long as this is overseen by yourself. Make sure that the TA has strict guidelines to follow and that you discuss with them the progress of the students on a regular basis.  

The TA can be useful when it comes to having a second opinion. They may be able to share their views how they would carry out a certain lesson which could prove beneficial.  

Time management advice for teachers

Teachers often complain of limited time and having far too much work to fit in their normal working day. For this reason almost all teachers have to work evenings and/or weekends to try and catch up. Time management is very important to ensure that you spend as little of your free time working, as possible. It is important to not only manage your time in your job, but also making sure that you have spare time for yourself, to do something you enjoy. Not allowing yourself time away from teaching, planning or marking can lead to stress and anxiety and can have an impact on your career but also your home life.

All teachers are now given something called PPA time which is supposed to be time in the classroom without the children, where they can mark or plan work. This can help to give teachers a head start but it is often not enough time to complete all of your work and you may find that it gets eaten up by other things such as meeting with parents or planning assemblies.

Try and plan days which you will work in the evening and days you will have off and do something with your friends or family.

Sharing tips with other teachers

Teaching can be a very rewarding job but also it can be extremely stressful at times and this is why some teachers leave the profession after less than a year in the job. Planning lessons and homework can often be one of the many elements that contribute to stress in teaching. If you have a new subject or topic to teach, you may want advice or tips on how to cover the topic successfully. Other teachers often have great ideas and can offer you copies of their lesson plans or worksheets that they used when teaching a similar lesson. Although it is not a good idea to constantly use someone else’s planning, you can use this information to base your lesson plan on.
There are even teaching forums that you can sign up to which allows you to share ideas and notes / resources with other teachers to reduce the work load. These forums are not only a good way to share information but they can be a great network for support. You should never talk about an individual pupil or divulge sensitive information but you can ask generally questions on how you can deal with a certain behaviour etc.

Teaching tips for children with dyslexia

If you are a teacher then you will probably come in to contact with children with a range of learning difficulties. A very common learning difficult is dyslexia and can often go unnoticed for a number of years. Children who have dyslexia often confuse the use of small words such as does and goes and may find it hard to read single words in isolation. They often lack confidence and feel that they struggle to keep up with other members of the class. As a teacher, it is important that you give that child some of their confidence back and be mindful of their condition. You need to plan work that will help them whilst not putting too much pressure on them.
You need to give them praise for competing tasks to boost their self-esteem and if they do not wish to read out loud then this should be respected as often they may feel embarrassed which can aggravate a situation.
A person with dyslexia may be verbally very bright but struggle to put their words down on to paper. You may need to allow them a little more time to complete such tasks.

Avoiding classroom coughs and colds as a teacher

As a teacher who is coming into contact with around 30 children a day its highly likely that at least one of those children (if not more!) will have coughs or colds and will be showing all the usual symptoms including runny noses, coughs, sore throats, eye infections and sickness. Continue reading

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