Being a teacher is rewarding - but it’s also very tough! The daily demands, stresses, expectations and work loads can become overbearing and, at times, can take over your personal life.
Finding a balance, and some ‘time for you’ is essential. So, what ways can you do this without spending lots of money?..
What other things could/ do you do?…
In the first few minutes of your lessons, what tips/ tricks have you discovered for settling the class and making a smooth start/ smooth transition?
I’ve picked up a few things along the way - but feel free to ‘reply’ with your tried and tested ideas!
What about your ideas? x
As we approach the new school year, here in the UK, I am revisiting this very important question - why do people want to be teachers?
There are many responses to this. The longer I spend in the profession, the more answers I come up with…and they can sometimes change depending on the time of year!
Trevor Wright (2008) gives many answers to this fundamental question, and many of them I agree with. He also claims that this is a key question to expect at PGCE/ GTP/ Teaching post interviews - one thing that you can expect to be asked and should be ready to answer.
When faced with this question, don’t say ‘It’s what I always dreamed of doing’ … be careful here; until you become a teacher, you really don’t fully comprehend the demands and nuances of the profession, and so your answer suggests you don’t really know what it is you want - rather, you have an idealised view of it all.
Some reasons for wanting to teach, that suggest you’ve thought a little more about your decision to move in this direction, might include some of the following:
Of course, there are many more reasons that you may have for becoming a teacher, but that interview question is an important one. It needs consideration, thought and a little research. So if you’re in the midst of applying/ starting… ask yourself: “Why do you want to be a teacher?”.
An interesting and useful article from @tes:
Like it or loathe it, you are probably going to have to write numerous assignments, essays or studies during your teacher training. So what can you do to minimise the stress…[Read More]
Teaching is a profession that allows you to constantly research, reflect and develop your skills and knowledge - one of the best things about this job! Last September, I vowed to try and read a little more on the aspects of our profession and to try new things; I hadn’t read anything since NQT year! I discovered that there is plenty out there to enjoy, learn from - and even laugh out loud at!
Here are some books I recommend from PGCE/ NQT, that are still useful now:
The book is split into clearly defined sections, comprising questions and answers from Cowley’s own experience, interviews and bullet pointed lists which make it easier to dip into. There are detailed case studies of planning […] blank planning sheets for you to adapt. […] the most complete guide I have come across for those starting in teaching or those already involved in education”
When you start your PGCE (and possibly even GTP) - you will probably not be given a ‘Teacher’s Planner’.
It is worthwhile investing in one so that you can take care to organise yourself and keep good records of homework being handed in, absenteeism, levels and grades (including targets and predictions).
However - don’t rush to buy one, as it will depend greatly on your school’s day e.g. how many lessons? How long do they last etc? So - I would advise you wait until second placement, and then use a planner to help you through! It is also a great way to collect evidence.
Here are some…
Well, hope this has been of some use!
On twitter this week myself and other tweachers have been posting ideas/ tips for those of you who are about to be PGCE/ GTP/ NQTs.
We’ve all been tagging these with: #toptipsfornewteachers (go check them out).
I thought that I might try to sum up some of my key ideas here, and then as I go along, tag any other posts/ reblogs with this tag so that they can be found more easily. As a PGCE Secondary English Mentor in my school, I deal with new teachers all year round, and I give them this same advice.
So, here goes…
Hope this has been useful. It’s certainly helped me the last few years.
September’s nearly here - good luck all! xx