Safeguard your time off

Working as a teacher can lead to you working into the evenings and was much more likely to work on a Sunday, preparing lessons. Prioritise tasks and make sure you know what needs to be done. Get a diary so you are aware of deadlines and will be able to have control over your time.

Ask for help

In your first year, you may be quite anxious and quiet as you are attempting to settle in. However, do not be afraid to ask for help as asking for help does not make you look weak. There are numerous people that can help you, answer any questions that you and give ideas on things to teach, behaviour strategies to use, and how to improve your lessons.

Attempt long-term planning

Don’t be overwhelmed by this idea; of how to come up with a long-term plan for a class. If you plan a schedule of the day-to-day things to do then it will help you to stay organised and plan your long-term goals. It helped to make sure that by the end of the year you will have covered all the “Significant Aspects of Learning” for your subject.

Speak to your pupils

Get to know your pupils and speak to them. Keep conversation with your classes constant and informal, to allow them to give you “feedback”, which helps you to plan work you are doing with them. At the end of lessons where you have been teaching something new, ask them: “How did that go?”, “Do we need more time on that?”

Give your class a reminder of all the techniques you had studied, and ask them to write down on a piece of paper which three they felt least confident with: the most popular ones formed the basis of the rest of our revision lessons. This will help you in your first year of teaching and make you feel that you are working with them, rather than just powering through some pre-planned agenda.

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