Homework is often a hot topic of discussion in schools. Many parents feel that their children are given homework far too early or that they are given too much homework. As a child progresses through their school life, the homework tends to increase in volume and frequency so it may be better to get them used to it from an earlier age. When children first start reception there is a lot to take in. It may be the first educational setting that they have been to and therefore giving them homework immediately may be too much. After the first few terms children often see ready to be doing extra work at home and some even look forward to it. In reception, home (if given) is usually quite light hearted and fun and often involves a lot of parent interaction.
Examples of home work for a reception child may be to find letters or numbers around their home and photograph them or to write a letter to Father Christmas. Helping your child with these tasks are important but never do their homework for them without their input as this will not offer them any value and can also not help in teaching them responsibility.
A supply teacher essentially has the same responsibilities of a permanent teacher but they may not have to undertake all of the same tasks every time. For example, if a supply teacher is coving a member of staff that is off ill, then the lesson may of already been planned for them and worksheets created etc. Supply teachers are still responsible for marking pupils work and giving them feedback and all lessons must be taught in accordance with the National Curriculum.
As a supply teacher you may even have to take children out on field trips or assist with monitoring work placements. If you are covering as a supply teacher during exam periods then you may be required to participate in the exam set up and also overseeing the actual exam taking place.
You may like the challenge of going in to a classroom without having had time to read through or create lesson plans or this may worry you a little. If you are a supply teacher then it is always a good idea to have a few lessons up your sleeve that you can turn to should you be called in to a situation last minute where there is no lesson pre planned for you to use.
Taking any sort of exam can be stressful and it is not only students that have to do exams. It may be that you are in a job which requires you to take exams to obtain accreditation or to allow you to remain as a member of a particular company. Electricians that are Part P registered need to take exams to show that they are running their business correctly and that they are up to date with all the latest standards.
There are some great tips on managing stress when approaching and when in an exam. Often people fall short on exams because they have got too worked up about it and therefore forget important information that they need to use.
Examples of stress may be not sleeping at night, not wanting to eat properly, loss of interest in activities outside of work, headaches and increased anxiety or irritability. If you are feeling any of these things, then you need to start to manage your stress levels. Learn to recognise when you are getting stressed out and try and take a break, go and get a drink, take a walk or just have a chat with a friend. This will allow you time to get everything in perspective. Remember no matter how important exams are there is live after exams and you may be worrying unnecessarily.
It is well known that teachers are being given more and more work to do and very little time to do it. Not only is a teacher expected to teach his or her class but also to plan and mark work along with organise trips, parents evenings and attend training course etc.
This can put a lot of stress on a teacher and without the appropriate support can often mean that many people leave the profession due to stress.
Often meetings over running, run ins in the corridor or parents who want to chat at the end of the day can delay you and mean you end up staying later at work. This can have a knock on effect on your whole evening and mean you may find that you are having to stay up late to complete work you wanted to get done earlier. If this is the case, write down what is holding you up and try and find ways to combat it such as planning a day a week where parents are welcome to come and talk to you or asking them to book a time slot in advance.
As with all learning, tracking progress is often essential to ensure that the person is learning everything they need to and progressing as they should. When children first start school their academic standard is tracked. As a child gets older this is often tracked using some sort of exam whether it be a practice exam or a written exam.
Many parents and some teachers worry about a child’s progress being tracked so early on and if this will be a concern for the child, but at the very early stages of learning, their progress is often tracked in such a way that they are not even aware that it is being done.
Tracking progress is not to see which students are bright and which are not but more to see if they are receiving a good level of teaching and also to highlight any areas that they may need additional help in.