a very rewarding job but it is by no means easy. If you want to be a teacher
then you need to be willing to put the hours in studying and once you have qualified,
the hard work doesn’t stop there.
There is so
much demand for teachers that if you work hard and prove yourself you can very
quickly move up the ladder taking on extra responsibilities such as becoming
head of year, or coordinator of a specific topic etc. With the population
increasing there is more demand than ever for schools which in turn means a
higher demand for teachers. Teaching has changed quite a bit over the last few
decades and some teachers have found these changes too stressful and feel that
the job is not what it uses to be. Schools are put under a lot of pressure to
ensure their students perform well and with Ofsted inspections becoming even
tighter, teachers need to be at the top of their game.
There are huge incentives to attract new people into teaching for example you could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Studying certain subjects also allows you to get more funding.
Tiredness is something that we all experience at times, but for some people, it’s a daily problem.
Everyone knows that sleep is essential for maintaining health and for maximising productivity. It is hard to concentrate when all you can think about is bedtime! However, getting to bed at a reasonable time is difficult for many people. For pupils and students, they may be too busy socialising online, playing games or catching up with homework. For teachers, there may be other commitments – young children who wake during the night or household chores that need to be done.
It is important to try and tackle the issue of tiredness. That may mean reassessing the weekly schedule and trying to maximise the amount of time spent in bed. Even one early night a week, or a lie-in if you can negotiate with a partner or change plans, will make a difference and is a positive start to build upon gradually.
It’s difficult to encourage the children in your class to have more rest if you aren’t setting a good example. So do what you need to do to be an excellent role model when it comes to getting enough sleep.
Some people may find the statistics shocking but one in ten children between the ages of 5-16 have mental health issues that could be diagnosed. With this in mind, surely it is essential that are teacher are trained to not only notice the signs of this but also to educate child about mental health the same as they do relationships and sex education.
Mental health still has a stigma attached to it and therefore many young people will not openly talk about it or will admit when they have a problem. If we started to educate children from a younger age, then maybe it would become a more acceptable condition within society.
Many people think that people with mental health issues are all dangerous, but this is often not the case. Even people with illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are not proven to be dangerous in fact it is more the misuse of substances and alcohol that causes dangerous and violent behaviour.
Depression is one of the biggest mental health issues in the UK and still far too few people are aware of exactly what it is and how it can affect people in different ways. Often people with depression can be the types of people that we assume are always happy and would not be affected by illnesses such as this.
It has been standard practice for a number of years, for teachers to separate classes in to ability. This was because they often thought that it would be easier for the teacher and for the pupils if they could have work tailored specifically to that group of students.
Recent studies have showed that there is actually no evidence that this has any positive impact on a pupils learning and can actually hinder it. If as child is always bottom of their set they can get disheartened and they may then actually not bother putting as much effort in to learning.
Teaching the class as a whole has shown to be beneficial. The work that is created by the teacher should have a number of levels to it, so there is task for everyone to complete at the basic level and then each child can progress on to the harder tasks as they complete the previous one. This means there is no finish as such as the children who are of high ability can carry on experimenting with more complex options.
Teaching can be an extremely stressful job with recent statistics showing that the majority of newly qualified teachers (NQT’s) leave the profession within their first year due to stress. This is a scary statistic and shows that something needs to be done in order to support teachers more.
With the summer holidays fast approaching us, teachers all over the country are looking forward to the six week break that they will get whilst the schools are closed. Some people argue that teachers have too much time off but when working in a very stressful role without being able to book time off as and when you need to like many people with flexible holidays, the summer holiday can be that very important break that they need.
Studies have shown that teachers tend to work better following a break as it has given them time to reflect on what has worked and not worked throughout the year and they often go back feeling ready to cope with the new challenges they face.