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September 7th 2017

1.       Get out and observe as much as possible.

At the start of the year most of your time in the classroom will be observing – this is such a valuable time to pick up as many ideas as possible. Try to have a focus for each lesson you observe, for example, behaviour management or timing/pace. This can help make sure that you get the most out of observing. Don’t be afraid to try ideas or strategies that you have seen while observing when you start taking lessons.

As well as at the beginning of the year, I also think it is so important to keep observing once you have taken on your classes, especially if you have groups or topics that you are struggling with. Finding someone who is teaching the same topic, or the same students even in a different subject, can give you fresh ideas and motivate you to take on challenges.

2.       Ask for help!

Don’t be afraid to ask you mentor for help with anything – they are there to support you!

3.       Get to know your classes and build relationships with the students.

Observe the classes you are going to be teaching and get to know them! Being in the classroom and getting to know the students is the first step to building a relationship with the class. In particular, knowing their names can be extremely useful when taking on the class for the first time.

You may be a co-tutor for a tutor group. Seeing these students on a daily basis and forming such strong bonds with them has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the year. Jumping in and going on trips, organising charity events, and getting involved in inter-form competitions are all great opportunities to build relationships and get the most out of being a form tutor.

4.       Back everything up!

PLEASE do not rely on one memory stick for all of your lessons and documents! Unfortunately I learnt this hard way and lost weeks of lessons and documents when my dog ate my memory stick… Having everything backed up online (Dropbox etc) or on an external hard drive is definitely worthwhile! 


5.       Make sure you are enjoying yourself!

This year has been tiring and a lot of hard work, but most importantly it has been incredibly rewarding and enjoyable. There were times at the beginning of the year when the lesson planning took longer than the lesson itself, and there were late evenings finishing assignments, but there were so many highs to outweigh these. Be sure to celebrate your successes and allow them to motivate you throughout the year. 

Posted at 09:38

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