Would You Hand Pupils the Power?

What’s happening on Friday? Thousands of UK schoolchildren are preparing to walk out of lessons on Friday as part of a nationwide strike to protest global inaction on climate change. Following the example of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist who held a three-week protest outside the Swedish parliament, students across the globe have been holding ‘Fridays for the Future’ strikes to raise awareness of escalating climate change and demand immediate action from politicians. The growing movement will make its way to the UK for the first time on 15 February, ahead of a planned global strike on 15 March. Greta’s … Continue reading Would You Hand Pupils the Power?

4 Behaviour Tips to Share with Your NQT

You’ve been in your new post for a term and pocket change at this point – you’ve probably got most of the behavioural quirks down but you’re finding that as half-term approaches, new challenges are beginning to appear… time to do some sleuthing. Hold Firm It’s tempting to step off the gas regarding classroom management as you settle into your role. Why not, after all? The kids start to take a greater liking to you as you begin to show more of your personality and you become more comfortable in front of them – but don’t let your students mistake … Continue reading 4 Behaviour Tips to Share with Your NQT

NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT

NQT Advice: Handy to know! Whether you’ve simply got an NQT joining the department or you’re taking on an NQT as a mentor, it’s always handy to have a little NQT advice to hand for when things start getting a … Continue reading NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT

Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

We’ve all had those classes: like tornados, they descend into the classroom, causing chaos and raising the temperature of even the most glacial teacher. This class can be a forecast of worry, stress and exasperation for you. How can you … Continue reading Behaviour Management Techniques: Always Take the Weather with You

How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

If you’ve happened to read my blog post titled ‘Seven Top Tips for NQTs’ you’ll have no doubt read point five which was summarised as ‘Sometimes, Feedback Isn’t Pleasant’. No one enjoys criticism and even if the observer is as nice as pie, sometimes you can come away feeling defeated and demoralised. This got me thinking. How can you handle lesson observation feedback in a positive and constructive way? Organise a Time and Place If given the option, avoid immediate feedback but organise a meeting immediately.  This is for two reasons. First of all, you’re likely to want some time … Continue reading How Do You Deal with Lesson Observation Feedback?

Turn ‘Stress’ into ‘Rest!

Stress. Pressure. Strain. It doesn’t matter what synonym you use for it, the outcome is the same. Sometimes the never-ending to-do list can make you feel overwhelmed and under-resourced. What do you need to tell yourself to cope with the demand of your role and make sure that your life isn’t all work and no fun? Accept your limits This is an important one. The fact is that you aren’t going to get everything done in the day. You can productive and efficient yet sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This doesn’t mean that you should stay … Continue reading Turn ‘Stress’ into ‘Rest!

How Can You Tackle Teacher Observation Nerves?

How Can You Tackle Teacher Observation Nerves?

I always hated lesson observations – not because I wasn’t a confident teacher, far from it in fact. I simply couldn’t stomach the nerves that came before them, even when I felt ready, prepared and everything was in order. So, what can you do to beat teacher observation nerves? Continue reading How Can You Tackle Teacher Observation Nerves?

Behaviour Management Tips for the Classroom

Content writer Debi, a former pastoral manager, maths teacher and head of year for over 20 years shares some quick behaviour management tips for the classroom. Returning to school in January tends to go one of two ways – the students are either so worn out from the excitement or they’re bouncing off the walls. Both apathy and boundless energy present a challenge to the new and seasoned teacher alike and if the festive holidays have left your memory a little hazy, here are a few quick bullet-point reminders to get the behaviour back on track. Be fair and consistent. … Continue reading Behaviour Management Tips for the Classroom