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.
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.
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
If you have recently qualified as a teacher then you may have the option to go in to supply teacher or a permanent position. Supply teaching has many advantages that may attract you to the position. You can either register with a teaching agency to find work or you can chose to go it alone. You will most likely need to register with the local councils to be put on the list of supply teachers.
One of the benefits of supply teaching is that you get the opportunity to work with children of all different ages. This will give you the experience you need and will also help you decide what year you would like to teach if you do decide to go for a permanent position further on down the line.
Supply teachers often get paid more per day that permanent teachers. This means that you may only have to work 3 days a week to make up the salary you would earn full time.
As a supply teacher you will have less responsibility, which attracts many people to the job. You often will not have to plan lessons as teachers usually plan the lessons in advance so you will be able to work off their lesson plan. You do need to bear in mind that you will not get paid through the holidays as a permanent teacher would, so have to budget your money accordingly.
As a teacher, you have a duty of care to the pupils in your class. Their parents are putting their trust in you and it is important that you have their safety as a number one priority. When you are a teacher, especially if it is a large class, it is easy to become distracted by one pupil if they are in need of help or causing a distraction. When this happens you should be sure that you have a TA or another teacher on hand to help you should you need to leave the classroom or not be able to talk to other pupils. Schools are often understaffed due to budget restrictions, so you may not always have a TA with you. Many schools have a walkie-talkie system or phone system in place to allow you to contact other members of staff quickly should you need to.
When working with items that could be dangerous such as scissors for younger children or chemicals, you may decide to do this in smaller groups rather than a whole class activity. Set other work for the pupils to be getting on with and rotate the groups around so that everyone has a go. This will allow you to keep more control of the situation and access what is going on.