If you are
returning to work after maternity leave or simply wish to reduce the hours you
are working, you may be considering taking on a job share. This is often an
excellent way to address the work life balance that many teachers find
challenging and can even benefit the pupils in school.
question to ask is how the job is going to be divided up. Is it going to be a fifty-fifty
split or is one employee going to do more than another? Obviously, this will
result in a difference in pay too and will be directly proportional to the
hours or days worked.
consideration is curriculum subject responsibility. Some job shares work best
when a teacher’s strengths are utilised so that, for example a teacher who
enjoys and is good at art leads that subject and a teacher whose strengths lie
in technology takes responsibility for computer studies. This strategy is going
to be of benefit to the pupils in the class as they are getting twice the
expertise than they would normally.
some curriculum subjects that both teachers will need to teacher however the
burden of planning and marking can be shared making these time-consuming tasks
many different types of primary schools ranging from the large inner-city
school with hundreds of pupils to a small rural school with possibly only
thirty pupils on roll. Which ever sort of school you find yourself in, one
thing is certain the pupils in that school will have to face sitting exams. It
may be internal exams, or those compulsory exams instigated by the authorities.
In a small
school setting, there may only be a small number of children sitting the exams
and therefore the rest of the class need to be accommodated and catered for. As
staffing is sometimes an issue this needs careful planning in advance of the
with parents beforehand even though there may only be two or three sets of
parents is essential to answer any questions and allay any fears they may have
concerning the administration of the exams and give them ideas on how their
children can be better prepared.
having to sit compulsory exams of any sort can be very stressful for pupils in
any school, in a small primary school setting the children may have more
opportunity to discuss their concerns and fears thus minimising their stress.
The summer holidays are almost upon us and many people will be wondering how they can keep their children occupied over the six-week break. It may be that you have to work and so your children will be spending some of their holidays with friends, family or with a child care provider, in which case you may want to have some fun activities planned for when you do get to spend the day with them.
A trip to the seaside always goes down well, and if you are not going on holiday this summer, then a few day-trips out can be just as fun. It does not need to cost a fortune, as you can take a picnic with you, and if the weather is good, the kids will be happy with digging in the sand or paddling in the sea.
It is also important to think about your child’s education during the 6-week summer break as it is a long time to be off school. Continuing to read with them often and asking them to write a diary or draw a picture of something they have enjoyed doing, will allow them to practise skills they have been learning at school without it feeling like home work.
It can be
hard to find the right balance between education and play for younger children.
Many parents often feel that their children are made to work too hard too
younger and are put under unnecessary pressure at such a young are.
shows that children who get a head start on their learning often excel
throughout their school years and often even further in to their work life
later on. A child’s mind is like a sponge and therefore can take a lot of
information in, in small chunks. They may learn in a different way to many
adults but they are able to retain a lot of information from a young age. This
is why children pick up new languages a lot easier than it is for an adult to
learn a new language.
is important for young children to have a good education, there is a balance
and children should still be allowed to be children. Putting too much pressure
on a child can have the opposite desired affect and can mean that they start to
teacher should be giving them the correct amount of home work and work to be
completed in class, but if you are at all worried about the work load then it
is important to raise your concerns with their teacher.
As a teacher
there is always a certain amount of work you need to get through in an academic
year. This can often leave very little time to fit in other things and with
pupil absences, school trips and holidays you are left with little movement.
Often children of a young age forget things quite quickly so it is important
that you revisit things time and time again to allow them to understand and
memorise it. It may be that most of the pupils have understood something but a
small group are still struggling. If this is the case then you may need to work
with them a little more closely or ask your TA to do some extra work with them
when you are doing another task that they could miss out on.
You may not
have to go over the topic in the same way. Often teaching them the same
principle but in a different way can help them to really get to grips with it. If
you are struggling for ideas then you could search online or ask other teachers
how they went about it.
to give pupils a bit more time on a task is to set them some homework that is
themed around the subject you have been teaching them about.