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.
As a teacher your time is very precious as you often do not get a
lot of it. You can spend much of your evenings and weekends planning lessons
and marking work. It is a good idea to try and reuse as much of your planning
as possible to cut down on the time it takes in the future. The first way to do
this is to have a template that you can use for planning. You may be given this
by the school or through a teaching agency (if you use one). If not then a
simple Word document can help you plan the lesson using the same structure.
things do change in terms of topics to be taught and the way you should teach
them, some will remain the same and therefore it makes sense to base your new
lessons on a similar plan. This is especially true if you have found a great
way to teach a particular subject or topic.
Another way your lesson plans can come in use is to share
them with other teachers that work in your school or through teaching forums.
Sharing ideas and letting others know what worked and what didn’t work can be a
great way to make the most of your experiences
Schools like to see parents and carers taking an interest in what the pupil is learning about at school and encourage them to continue this at home. This may be as simple as asking your child what they have been doing that day and trying to integrate part of it into their home life. For example if they have been learning their two times table, then you may make a game when it comes to dinner time where you ask them a times table question and they have to count out the correct number of peas on their plate to give you then answer.
Reading is a very important skill for a child to grasp. Being able to read will not only help them understand books but can also improve their spellings, imagination and manage their feelings. You should try and listen to your child read at least every other day, even if it is just the ingredients on the back of a packet of the information on a poster.
Working closely with the school will help the child learn new tasks quicker and give them continuity. If your child is struggling with a particular subject at school, then you could ask the teacher if there is anything you can do at home to help.
Teaching can be a very rewarding job but it is also often highly stressful and demanding. There may come a time when you feel that you no longer want to be a teacher but still would like to work in education. One option you have is to be a teaching assistant. Teaching assistants often have less responsibility such as marking and lesson planning but may still get to work with a small group of children teaching them a topic or even covering the class teacher when he / she is out on other duties.
Stepping down from teaching and going in to a teaching assistant role can be quite hard for some people as it may feel like you are taking a step backwards. You will not have as much say as what goes on in the classroom and will have to do what the teacher asks you to.
The other option you have is to become a supply teacher. You can pick your own days and may decide that working a few days a week is enough to help you financially, as often you get paid more per day for supply work, but still gives you that much needed break from full time teaching.
If you are a teacher in a primary school then the chances are you will have to plan class assemblies from time to time. Trying to coordinate an assembly can be quite stressful and the key is to give yourself plenty of time. Firstly you need to work out what you will be focusing on in the assembly. It may be that the children have been doing work on a topic that you want to talk about or their experience on a recent school trip from example.
Have a look online for ideas that you may be able to use and materials that may be useful. Once you have an idea start to think which children will have which role. It is best to give the most confident children the roles that involve a lot of interaction or speaking but be sure to give everyone the chance to say something. It is often nice to get the children to whole up a piece of work they have completed or read it out if it is a poem for example.
For younger children, often including a song can make it fun and enjoyable and will help the children who find it hard to stand up in front of others, have more confidence.