Supporting reluctant writers in school

Most children by the age of eight, when they are in key stage two, are able to read confidently for their age but some children struggle with writing. There may be a number of reasons for this reluctance to write perhaps the child has problems with their fine motor skills that make it physically difficult to write resulting in aching hands and wrists or they struggle for ideas, whatever the reason it is the teacher’s job to help and support these children so that they can become confident and willing writers. The stimulus that is provided to start off the... Read More »

Creating projects for children to do at home

As a teacher, it is a good idea to try and get parents involved in their child’s learning. One way you can do this is by sending work or projects home to be completed. It is important to think about this carefully and take time planning to ensure that children have the ability to complete the project without it causing a financial strain on the parents. Also ensuring that the project is not going to take too much time to complete and allowing the child enough time to actually enable them to bring it back into school. Think about the... Read More »

Organising your classroom

As a teacher, your classroom should be a space that you are proud of. If your classroom is not in order then the chances are there will be chaos and the students will not be working to their full potential. All teachers struggle with finding time to do displays, filing paperwork and also knowing where to find them again afterwards, but with a little forward planning you can save time during your working day and make your teaching experience a less stressful one. The first thing to start with is your desk. You desk needs to be positioned in a... Read More »

Encouraging your students to read

As a teacher, you will often find that some students need a lot of encouragement to read. Reading is not always easy and some students get put off thinking they need to be able to learn to read over night, when this is simply not possible. If you are teaching primary school children then you will usually help them pick a book or pick a book for them to take home and read. When choosing this book it is important to think about the individual needs of that child and pick a book that is appropriate to them. Giving a... Read More »

Getting ready for the new academic year ahead

With teachers all over the country starting to think about returning to school in September, it is a good time for them to start to think about how they may want to start your year and if there is any changes they wish to make. IF you are a teacher and are going to be having a new class when you return in September then this is the perfect opportunity to have a fresh start and implement changes if needed. It may be that certain ways you taught last year did not have the effect you wanted them to or... Read More »