What age pupils should you teach?

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

When it comes to teaching, you do not have to train differently to teach different aged pupils. Regardless of whether you teach secondary school children or a reception class, the degree is the same, it is your teaching style that needs to change.

It is totally different teaching classes of different age ranges and you must be able to adapt accordingly to suit the requirements of each class as and when it is needed. If you are a supply teacher, you may go from teaching five year olds to teaching fifteen year olds within a few days. The planning of work and how you actually teach subjects will vary greatly.

Often in a class with younger pupils in, the ability varies greatly so you may need to split the class in to groups and give them each a slightly different task according to ability. Normally in secondary school the classes have already been split up in to sets.

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Challenges and rewards of becoming a teacher

Posted on September 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Teaching is quite a popular job. There are two sides to teaching, as with many jobs. It is often very challenging but also immensely rewarding at times too.

If you like the satisfaction of being able to teach a child or adult a new subject or topic, then teaching may well be suited to you. If you are not too sure about teaching children, you could go down the route of looking for a job that requires adult learning.

To teach children and sometime adults of all ages and subjects, you will often find that the degree and courses that you need to do are the same. You may have to do a teaching degree and then a further degree if you want to specialise in a certain area.

A teaching job is often different every day depending on where and who you are teaching and the subjects you need to cover. There will be challenges along the way but also some very rewarding times that you will take with you throughout your career.

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A teachers guide to summer learning

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Summers on its way and the weather is already picking up. With this year set to be one of the best summers for years, it makes sense to see how you can involve summer activities in to your learning plan.To make summer learning an enjoyable experience for your pupils, we have suggested a few activities below that you may like to try.

Outdoor exploration – Design a lesson where the children can explore the wildlife and natural surroundings.  If you have a pond nearby, take a net to the pound and pour out the contents in to a tray of water. Have some worksheets handy for the children to record what they have found.

Arts and Crafts – Simply collecting up leaves and sticks etc and getting the pupils to make a collage using the materials they have found. You could also allow them to draw pictures using pavement chalks on the concrete play areas that simply wash away with the rain.

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Working as a Supply Teaching

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Teaching is one of the most common professions in the UK. While a teaching career presents numerable advantages and opportunities, supply teaching has a number of benefits apart from the ones in a more permanent position. Unlike a normal teaching career, supply teaching presents a greater degree of flexibility in your working hours, as well as the time when you are allowed to take holiday. Supply teaching also means that you won’t be tied down to a specific school, or subject, which can be good. A supply teacher doesn’t have nearly as much paperwork, or targets, because of this, meaning that you can dedicate more of your working hours to educating our youth. Finding work as a supply teacher can be difficult, especially when you don’t have a permanent position with a school. During lull periods, you have an opportunity to supplement your official work with some tutoring work.

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