As a teacher it is important to
recognise the children that may need extra help within the classroom. It may be
that they are not sitting quietly and chatting or that they are not interested
in listening, but other times it can be that they have other issues which is
making it hard for them to understand what they should be doing. It is very
important not to dismiss a child as acting up when you don’t know the reason
that they do not seem to be doing their work. It may be that the child has a
hearing issue so they simply cannot hear all the instructions or it could be
that they cannot process the information that you are telling them quick
enough. These issues can be missed for quite sometime but it is important to
get any tests done as soon as possible if they may be needed.
You should always be trying to
find ways of encouraging children to work. Often shouting at them because they
refuse to do something will only make them more stubborn so often rewards work
better. A simple rewards chart that allows them to see their progress can be
enough to help them focus on the task in hand.
There are a great number of
children who have recently missed out on school learning due to the lockdown
restrictions which closed all schools for a few months. Some parents are
worried about this and want to help their children to catch up and so they are
turning to private tutors to support learning at home.
Finding a tutor that can help your
child to progress in their learning can be a difficult process as it is a good
idea to try to get a tutor that specialises in a particular age range and has
knowledge of the current curriculum. Once you have found a suitable tutor and
have discussed the support your child needs, a timetable for tutoring will need
to be agreed. It is sensible to have a couple of sessions a week initially so
that good progress will hopefully be made. If it is possible to have contact
with the school to ascertain the areas of concern it will be helpful in
Paying for a private tutor is
sometimes a problem for some families but it is a worthwhile investment in their
child’s future progress and may be only needed for a period of time until the
child has caught up with their peers.
It has been a difficult time for
everyone over the last year not least the thousands of teachers in the UK who
have been called upon to adapt their teaching methods and resources time and
time again. From keeping in touch with children during lockdown to at the
present time providing distance learning alongside classroom teaching it has
proved a challenge for even the most talented and experienced teachers.
Once schools reopened for all
pupils in September teachers found themselves taking on the role of cleaner,
lunchtime supervisor and computer expert along with their normal heavy
workload. Many teachers have as little as half an hour away from their bubble
of children during the day and are prevented from socialising in school with
colleagues. But, as usual, teachers have risen to the challenge and are working
hard to keep children in their care safe and happy.
The teachers of younger children
are having to adapt their teaching methods from a child centred curriculum to
one that is more table-based which has been tough as research has shown that
young children learn best through play but teachers have become very creative
in the way they are delivering the curriculum and continue to adapt as
With the majority of children
going back to school this week or next, many teachers are trying to ensure that
the children feel happy to be back and can settle back in to a good routine.
Many children have been off school for almost 6 months and so it may take a bit
of time before things can settle down again. School is not like it used to be
prior to the Corona Virus, so although much of the routine has been reintroduced,
still many activities and they way the day is set out has changed.
It is a known fact that children
learn better when a subject is taught in a fun and exciting way. Often adults
remember one or two specific lessons from their time at school that were
As a teacher you will have a hard
job this year. There is a fair bit of work to catch up on. It is important to
not get too overly worried about the amount of work to get through and instead
focus on ensuring that the children are happy and able to adapt back to school
If you are struggling for ideas on
how to make lessons fun but also Covid safe, then the internet can be a great
source, full of educational websites and forums where other professionals share
their ideas and previous success stories.
into education can see like a backstep for some, but often you must go back to
be able to go forward. Investing the time to go back in to education can open
up a whole new world to you and allow you to go in to careers that were simply
not available to you before. When it
comes to working or further education after school, you often have a number of
options open to you. The government now states that any child reaching the age
of 16 must stay in full-time education, for example at a college, start an
apprenticeship or traineeship or spend 20 hours or more a week working or
volunteering, while in part-time education or training. This is until they
reach the age of 18.
If this law
was not in play when you left school, you may have chosen to not to stay on at
school and complete GCSE’s or do A-levels. This may mean that you do not have
the qualifications to go straight into a degree. Often if you can do a simple one year access
course at college which will get you back in to learning and give you an idea
of what adult learning is like. you may decide that a college setting is more
for you so you chose to enrol in one of those.