A few tweets doing the round for this – and a few responses (some more tongue in cheek that others…. )
Here’s mine – and forgive me, but it is Primary Teacher aimed!
- Best way to get to know your children is by teaching them – get straight into your routines and straight into all those great lessons you are raring to try!
- Don’t waste time with a ‘what did you do over the holidays piece’ – see ideas for writing here.
- Get straight into routines for presentation and your classroom. If you are not sure what they should be right now ask a colleague – but introduce something. I went massively overboard on ‘rotas’ in my first year teaching – child monitors for everything!!
- Explicitly model presentation requirements – with older children get them to model them to you.
- Children love helping! They do! Use this by all means but don’t let it eat into learning time.
- Make sure when you are talking, they are listening. You are the expert remember, be proud of this. No fiddling!!
- Get a good class book on the go – it calms tempers and can bring the class back to focus.
- Listen to them read – no matter how old they are – even in Y6 I had a class list up and aimed to listen to all the children at least twice a week… it forms relationships and really helps with vocab.
Getting to know your school:
- Have a chat with your head of year or deputy about what is expected in lessons and ask to see some of their sessions.
- Use your PPA and NQT time wisely – think about what you are not so confident about teaching and brush up on that. Whether it is observing others or reading.
- Sit in some of the sessions you are allowed to leave – I mean music classes, PE PPA cover, assemblies whatever – watching other adults with your class is a valuable lesson.
- The SENCO is another good person to spend some time with. Look at how t paperwork is filled in and get to know any targets for your children.
- Talk to staff! I mean all the staff. Not only about your children (some will behave very differently during lunchtime!) – but also the office staff (do you know what to do if you run out of something?), the cleaner (do they want you to put chairs on table at the end of the day?). Take a bit of time to find out!
Above all try and enjoy yourself – every school is different but there will always be someone who can help, and if not join in on twitter. No problem is too small. Promise.