Managing your time in the classroom

As a teacher, you will already be aware of how precious your time is. When planning lessons you may not be able to estimate how much time you will need to spend explaining the task, as some children may need a little more help in understanding what they need to do.  In this situation it is advisable to give all the children a good understanding of what is required of them and then spend a little bit of extra time with a smaller group of children or on a one to one basis with those that need a little extra... Read More »

Helping a child learn to read

Reading is a very important skill for adults and children and is something that we all use daily within our lives. If your child attends a nursery, they will start to be taught the basics of reading often by helping them to recognise certain letters and the sounds they make. This is sometimes done using “jolly phonics” which is a fun song all about letters and the sounds they make. When your child starts school they will very quickly progress to starting to be able to put these sounds together to read words. Often the first books they are given... Read More »

How to make your lessons engaging

Research has shown that lessons which engage children are often more effective and allowing children to get involved in a task can help aid their learning. Obviously it is not possible to get children actively involved in everything you teach them, but most lessons can include a certain amount of practical time. When it comes to teaching maths, some children can find it quite boring and can easily get distracted. Try setting them work where they work in groups or pairs to solve a problem and try and make it fun. Often by using items for them to count with... Read More »

Help managing your time

As a teacher, your time is probably very limited and the smallest thing can knock your whole day or even week out of sync. All teachers have to plan lessons and mark work along with other task such as organise trips, carry out progress checks and hold parents evenings etc and fitting this all in to your day can be hard work. Far too many teachers are leaving the profession due to stress and are reporting time constraints as one of the biggest issues. Many teachers are suddenly expected to do extra work but are not given any time to... Read More »

Picture books

When my child first started school I was surprised at how many picture books she was given as reading material with very little or no words in. I felt that my child had started to grasp reading a little and was able to recognise and start to spell out certain words and wondered if using only picture books may set her back. After speaking to a number of teachers I realised the importance of picture books in learning and that they too have a great advantage to teaching. Picture books can be a great way to start a conversation with... Read More »