Improving your chances of promotion in the teaching profession

After gaining a few years teaching experience many teachers start to think about their career progression and whether they want to stay at classroom teacher level or whether they have an ambition to become a lead teacher, deputy head or a head teacher. If you want to gain promotion it may not be possible to stay at the school where you are currently working as it will depend on there being a vacant role. Should a promotion opportunity exist in your school it is important to let the senior team know your intention to apply and ask how you could improve your chances of being successful. Taking on extra, sometimes unpaid, responsibilities to benefit the school is always worthwhile and will add to your skill set. Additional qualifications or specialisms gained such as the ability to lead on a subject will be invaluable in your quest for promotion too.

If you need to set your sights further afield, applying for a new job can be stressful but it can also be seen as an exciting way to pursue new challenges. Your application form should convey your desire to progress in your career and clearly state your qualifications and any experience you have gained in your present role.

Getting your classroom ready for the new school year

As the summer holidays approach lots of teachers are looking forward to a well earned rest, but before they can completely switch off, they need to think about preparing for the new term. Some teachers prefer to get everything done at the start of the holiday where as others like to have a good few weeks where they don’t have to think about work and go in at the end of the holidays.

If you are moving classrooms then you will probably have even more work to do than others. Ideally you want to start preparing for this during the last week or so of school. Start by taking down displays and sorting out cupboards so when the time come to move your stuff, it is relatively easy.

If you are going in during the holidays, you may want to time it when other members of staff are mostly off site. This will allow you to get on with your tasks without disruption and you will probably find that you get much more done this way.

It may be a good idea to have two or three days in school at the start of the holiday and then go back in for a day or two at the end just to finish off. Teachers often say that they can relax more when they know the majority of their work has been done.

Managing the transition from school to university

The majority of A level exams have now been completed and many students are taking a well earned break to recoup and have a much needed rest. If a student is wanting to go to university they will need to wait until they have got their A level results to check if they have been accepted on to the course and university of their choice.

It can be a big change when you make the switch from a school or college to university and you may find it hard to adapt initially. University is quite often about independent learning, and you have to be motivated to work on your own, meet deadlines, revise and research. You will not be pushed as much as at school to attend, so if you do not put the effort in the chances are you will not be successful. Without drive and determination you’ll likely to struggle with the university workload and timetable.

You are paying for your lecturer’s time (unlike schools where education is mandatory for younger pupils) and if you decide to reject their advice and wisdom then they do not necessarily have the obligation to chase you up and demand attention

Preparing students for SAT’s

With Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 SATS fast approaching many teachers are working hard to ensure that their students know all they need to in readiness for the exams. Key Stage One SATS are fairly low key and little pressure is put on to the children. The SATS at this stage are more for the teachers to gauge how much progress is being made an areas that individual or majorities are struggling with.
Key Stage Two SATS are undertaken in exam conditions and the rules and regulations are stricter.
You may need to revisit topics that you have covered early on in the year to ensure that the children still remember how to do something. It is often a good idea to print off some previous years’ exam papers so not only do the children have chance to practise the type of questions they may be asked but also to get used to how exam papers are laid out.
One vital point to make to students is to read the questions carefully. Often the exam papers are worded in a way that can trick the students if they mis-read it or scan read it. This can often cause children who are very intelligent to miss out on a number of points simply because they didn’t answer the question that was being asked.

How to deal with fall outs in the classroom

As a teacher, you have to expect that quite often you are going to get drawn into arguments between pupils. This often starts right from reception and is usually arguments over toys or friendship groups. Often this is not bullying, more just young children learning about how to behave and how to treat others in the right way, but it is always important to keep an eye on persistent problems that come up again and again. If for example, you have two children who are always falling out, try and work out if it is one-sided or if they are both causing the issue. If it is just one child then it is important to check that this is not a case of bullying. Often with younger children distraction can work well and it may even be the case that you put two children that usually do not get along together to work on something.

If you have not seen what has occurred during a fall out then it is often not to try and guest and instead explain that you do not know what has happened but reiterate what kind of behaviour you expect from both of them. Explain how important honesty is and try and encourage the children to tell the truth.