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 sounds impossible, but it can be done. Here’s the top 6 tips that all primary teachers follow when they’re working in the classroom.
1.Create A Relationship With The Parents
You are going to need to build 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 works wonders for building strong relationships.
2. Be Positive In The Classroom
A popular piece of advice given to new teachers is ‘don’t mile before Christmas’, in order to cement your role as the boss in the classroom. The fact is that 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
You will need to have 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. Know When To Use The Staff Room
The staff room is the hub of the school, and you’ll need to access it in order to get that all important cup of tea and biscuit on your breaks. However, heading up there can get you inundated with people asking for help or ideas for their own classes. If you need a real break, avoiding the staff room may actually be your best bet. If you need some help though, get in there and tap your colleagues for their perspectives and experiences.
5. Your Relationships With Your Students Matter
The environment in your classroom will go a long way towards your success. A teacher that encourages a positive environment will be able to understand their students’ needs better, and therefore help them achieve their best every day.
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