With most of
the UK school children on lockdown, many parents and carers are having to turn
their hand to teaching. This is a huge as of people that have no teaching
experience and often struggle to get their children to sit still and concentrate
like they do at school.
When it comes
to maths or any lesson, it is important to try and make it fun. This will help
keep the children’s interest and also help them take in what is being taught
Maths is one
of those subjects that pupils either love or hate and this often comes down to
whether they are good at it or not. Maths is a very important subject to do and
is one of the main ones that you will use throughout your daily life.
students they simply find maths boring and therefore do not want to learn. When
teaching younger children, you can often make maths fun by making the tasks
more physical. So rather than being sat down working their way through a
written task, why not go outside and use hop scotch as a way of counting. This
not only gives the children a bit of excitement but will also help them to
remember what is being taught.
It can be
quite stressful when you have the call to go into a new school to cover a
teacher’s absence for some reason even if you are an experienced supply
teacher. When you are going into a familiar setting you usually know the other
staff and the normal daily routines such as assembly and break times however in
a new school everything is unfamiliar, and it can lead to feelings of anxiety.
planning is vital so that when you are offered work in a new school you can
confidently accept the work.
on the school website, a requirement of all schools, you can see the school
staff and make sure you know the names of the senior staff members and the
school administrator, often your first point of contact. The website might also
give you information about the daily routines and school rules making you feel
more prepared when you are standing in front of the class you are teaching. It
is useful to find out if you will have any additional support in the classroom
as teaching assistants are an invaluable help when navigating the routines.
They will also be able to help with classroom organisation such as seating
plans and will be able to make you aware of any children who will need extra
support in class.
is nearly out for summer it can be quite emotional for teachers to say goodbye
to their existing class and often most teachers like to get a small gift for
the children, this can however work out pretty expensive with around 30
children to each class.
Usually, the best gift ideas aren’t those that cost a lot but more ones that have some thought behind them.
for example, give the children a symbolic gift with a nice poem or message. For
example some seeds to plant in a pretty pot with a poem about growing.
teachers opt for something little like sweets however this can cause trouble
for some children with dietary issues so would need to be considered.
A nice touch
might be to present each child with a nice photo of you and them together with
a hand written card, something that they can keep that shares a memory or
moment from their year with you.
Whatever you choose to do Its sure to send them off for their holidays with a smile on their face and lovely memories of their year at school.
Teaching can be a very rewarding job and the
pay can be quite good. The satisfaction you can get from the job does often
attract new applicants but the stress that comes with a job can also cause many
teachers to quit within their first year or put some teachers off before they
have even qualified.
usually have had to completed a degree (which takes about 3 years) and then do
a further year PGCE, to get your teaching qualification. For primary teaching
some ITT providers prefer you to have a degree in a national curriculum
subject. If you don’t, you should talk directly to the training provider to see
if they will accept your degree.
studies show that schools are struggling for teachers that cover the science
subjects and that this is having a knock on effect on some pupils.
research shows that of 1,200 science teachers surveyed, 61% had considered
quitting the profession. Often this was due to too much paperwork and
unrealistic expectations placed on them. This can lead to extreme amenity and
stress. Over fifty thousand teachers left the profession last year, with pupil
numbers rising something needs to change in order to cover this shortfall.
(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.
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
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