Creating beautiful and creative classroom displays

As a teacher you want your classroom to be a bright and creative space where children can really get involved in the current topic you are teaching. Usually teachers are responsible for creating classroom displays based around themes and topics that the students are currently studying. This is a great way to allow children to constantly be reminded of work they have recently covered. Thinking of new and exciting ways to display this information can become a challenge but luckily there are many helpful resources online to help teachers transform the classroom in this way. For some teachers, the display... Read More »

Teaching advice for the newbie

If you have recently qualified as a teacher and are starting your first teaching job then you will most probably feel very anxious and worried. Many teachers worry if they are going to be able to control the classroom and help students learn and get to the level they need to. This is a common concern and will a few little bits of advice, you can soon put those worries to bed. As with any time you meet someone new, the first few minutes will make an impression that lasts a lifetime. You do not need to be really hard... Read More »

Teach a group of children with mixed abilities

As a teacher it is your responsibility to be able to cater the work for all levels of abilities within the class. If you have a range of ages then you may especially find that there is a vast range of abilities too. You need to be able to create one lesson that allows children to interact at different levels. If the work is too easy then the children will get bored and start to play up, if the work is too hard they may give up trying.  Teaching mixed abilities can make lesson planning a little bit more difficult... Read More »

Putting together an assembly for parents

As a teacher you may have the responsibility of putting together an assembly for the parents and/or carers of the children to come and watch. When creating your assembly you need to consider the age of the children and how they may react to the situation. If it is a reception class for example then you need to make sure that they do not have too many lines to remember and that you are on hand to prompt them should they get stuck. Children often like showing work that they have created so adding in a section where they can... Read More »

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 »