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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.

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.

How to foster a love of reading in young children

Mobile devices have become so commonplace now that the majority of children either have their own device or have use of an adult’s one. As the apps that are on these devices may be educational it is important that children are still given the opportunity to immerse themselves in real books and reading not only for the enjoyment it brings but also because primary school aged children are expected to reach a good level of reading ability by the time they enter key stage two at the age of seven. This can be problematic for some children who may be reluctant to read not only books, but any printed material and it can also be a concern for parents and teachers who are often searching for ways to inspire and encourage reading.

Learning to read may not be easy for some young children so one approach is to show them that there is a purpose to reading whether it be reading the instructions to a favourite game or reading a recipe to make a cake. This type of incidental reading can encourage children to engage in reading without them being aware that they are doing so.

Another way to encourage a reluctant reader is to share children’s magazines and comic books together so that the child may be inspired to read material about a hobby they enjoy or an interest they may have. The biggest challenge for any teacher or parent is to resist putting pressure on the child to read but rather show them that reading is fun and an activity to be enjoyed.

Does homework for primary school pupils improve attainment?

It is a fact that primary aged school children are regularly given homework from school with the amount that they are given increasing as they move through the school but does this homework actually make a difference to their academic ability or is it given out despite some teachers questioning the value of it. Another issue is how much of the homework is completed by the pupil and how much additional support have they received from parents and carers meaning that any tasks completed at home cannot then be used as a reliable method of assessment.

The reasons for setting the homework need to be studied carefully in order to answer these probing questions. Some homework is set to give the pupil an opportunity to practise a skill that they have been working on in class such as a new mathematics method or spelling practise, but it is clear that some homework is set simply because the teacher has been told by superiors to regularly give out homework. Practising new skills is a worthwhile use of homework time as there may not be sufficient time in the school day to do this. The homework in this case is beneficial and also serves to give parents an insight into the curriculum that the child is studying. The child can be encouraged to explain the homework to their parents and this in turn will be a valuable learning tool.

The problem arises if the child is unsure about the task set by the teacher and the parents or carer do not understand the task. This is quite a common issue as was experience by many parents when children were having to be home schooled for lengthy periods. It is always a good idea if there are issues that the teacher is made aware of the difficulties so that they can be addressed at school during lesson time.

Some pupils enjoy doing homework especially if the task is enjoyable. This may be something like asking parents or grandparents about their childhood memories or looking for mathematical shapes around the home even playing a game can be used as a homework task. It really is up to the teacher to try to make homework a pleasure rather than a chore so that pupils are continuing to learn after the school day is over and do not need to be forced by busy parents to complete unhelpful tasks.

Supporting children with special needs in the classroom

As schools try to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to children with special needs there will probably be a few children in a mainstream school that would in years gone by be educated in a special school but are now in the classroom working alongside their peers. Although socially this is a good thing academically this may cause issues if the pupils are not well supported and helped to access the curriculum.

Getting a post in a school offering support to children with special needs can be a rewarding position as the difference this support can make to a child can be tremendous. The job may involve preparing resources so that children can access the tasks and supporting and encouraging children to complete activities.

 In order to work in a school with children it is necessary to have an enhanced DBS check which if you are employed by the school will be carried out as part of the application process. Qualifications are usually required to work in this role as sometimes specialist knowledge is needed in order to fully support children with specific needs. Ongoing training is an essential part of the job so that you are kept up to date with new teaching methods.

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