Being a new primary school teacher can feel overwhelming and intimidating, 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 ten tips that all primary teachers 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 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.
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, you can talk to a colleague with a better understanding to get help with your lesson plans.
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