Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’ve already got a few years’ teaching under your belt, you’re here because you know how rewarding a career in education can be. We know better than anyone that education can also be a turbulent industry, full of unexpected bumps in the road and tricky-to-navigate experiences.
The great news is that becoming a teacher comes with a built-in support network of peers ready to answer all your questions and lean on in the tough times. To give you a flavour of just how much support there is, we’ve put together a list of our top five most popular guest blogs, written by teachers, for teachers.
You’ve finished your teacher training with the drive to be the greatest teacher you can be – and you know you've got a huge learning curve ahead. As former teachers ourselves, we know the adjustment to managing a classroom can feel a tad overwhelming at first. Just remember, you’ve got teachers of all experience levels around you who’ll be eager to support you – after all, at one point they were an NQT just like you.
We asked our teaching community on social media to share helpful anecdotes from their career journeys so far, and things they wish they’d known in their first couple of years of teaching. Read their practical, tried-and-tested tips to survive (and thrive in!) your first two years as a teacher here.
Getting students to behave can sometimes feel like an impossible task. We’ve all experienced a challenging class that no matter what you try – parent/teacher meetings, endless discussions, detentions – nothing seems to make a difference. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all the options, Further Education Leader Jonny Kay has a solution: go back to basics.
There are a multitude of behaviour management strategies out there and they’re all dependent on multiple factors: teaching style, age group, setting, pace, ability, prior learning, previous experiences, and a host of others. That’s why basic behaviour strategies are always best – because you can mould them to individual teaching styles and situations. In his brilliant guest blog, Jonny shares seven of the most effective behaviour management strategies you can use in your classroom.
We know you’re restricted by time, yet driven by your passion for what you do and desire to get it right for your students. With so many students to support, how can you make learning more accessible for your SEND students without using up every last bit of your time?
Kat Lang, Vice Principal and Specialist Teacher, believes you don’t have to spend hours cutting out in front of the TV or scrolling endlessly through your Twitter feed to find the answer – the proof is in the pudding.
In this guest blog, she provides some tried and tested, quick and easy ideas to make learning more accessible for your SEND students in the secondary classroom.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that students hate revision. Every year, as GCSE exams creep closer, panic and anxiety set in for many students.
It can be difficult to see what impact we have on the amount of revision our students complete, but there are plenty of ways we can make a difference. Pupils need help understanding how to study effectively – where to study, what to focus on, and what tools to use to maximise their efforts. In another guest blog for us, Jonny Kay, Head of English and Maths at Hartlepool College of Further Education, shares his excellent tips to make revision engaging, and support students to revise in the right way.
Principal Examiner Michael Chiles believes teaching is like cooking: the success of a dish (or learning outcome) depends on the combination of ingredients used to create it. It’s our role as teachers to identify what those ingredients are, so we can support students in achieving the best learning outcomes. The challenge is that each student is unique, and needs a different time frame to learn.
Once we have a toolbox of effective teaching strategies, and an understanding of how students learn, we can use these to create meaningful, manageable and motivational study opportunities. In this blog, Michael shares his advice on how to use the CRAFT approach to make this happen.
No matter what stage you’re at in your teaching career, if you’re interested in helping us build out teacher toolkit by writing a guest blog for us, we’d love to hear from you! Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org