As a new primary school teacher, you can feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the task placed in front of you. You’ve got to educate the 30 children in your class, all while managing behaviour and accommodating everybody’s needs. It may sound impossible, but it can be done. Here’s 4 top tips that all primary teachers should follow when they’re working in the classroom.

1. Create A Relationship With The Parents

Now more than ever you’re going to need to build up a good relationship with the parents of your students. They have more of an impact on them than anyone else in their lives, so you need to get to know them, and understand what their home life is like. The best way to do this is to make yourself available at the end of the school day, when children are being picked up. You can chat with them, and share what’s happened in the day. This will help for building strong relationships.

2. Be Positive In The Classroom

Positivity goes a long way towards a better behaved classroom, so encourage and help your students wherever you can. A few words of praise when they’re getting right will sit so much better than a heavy handed approach when things go wrong.

3. Know Your Subject

As a primary teacher this sounds like a difficult task, but you need a good understanding of your subject in order to teach it. If you don’t, it can have a serious impact on your students’ learning. If you’re struggling, talk to a colleague with a better understanding to get help with your lesson plans.

4. Let Children Know What’s Expected Of Them

If you’re having behavioural issues with your students, it could be because they don’t quite understand what’s expected of them. Spend time before every lesson giving them the goals for this session, and tell them what you need from them. The clearer you are, the more focused they can be.
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