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The New Teacher Mega Guide. Everything you need in 10 Videos

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The New Teacher Mega Guide.

By Ben Cooper. Edited by Paul Stevens-Fulbrook

Starting your first teacher training placement or teaching job can be daunting.

We have all been there, got the T-shirt, scars and grey hair. We all feel sympathy for you.

We know how hard it is.

The thing about teachers is, we all feel like we are a member of a special club. We welcome new recruits and will help get to grips with the six million things you have to learn!

That said, when you are settled, there is no better career. Kids are brilliant to work with, not a day goes by where I’m not laughing my head off at something they’ve said or done.

To help you out, my friend Ben Cooper from WAGOLL teaching and I have teamed up to bring you the trainee/new teacher mega guide.

10 brilliant videos that cover most of the pinch points, the things we know from experience, new teachers find most difficult.

Some of which you probably won’t have been taught about in your training.

We hope you find it useful. Feel free to comment at the bottom of this post or email us if you have any suggestions or questions.

Approaching Your First Teaching Job or Placement.

Before you even enter your class for the first time it is really important you prepare yourself for the experience.

As a new teacher or a student, you will be on a review process both from your mentors and the students.

Prepare to get things wrong and receive feedback – this is all part of your learning journey. Equally, it is also extremely important to not take on too much or work so hard you compromise your own wellbeing.

Here are some of my top tips:

Classroom Routines.

The first expectations of students can be really important.

The routines you set for your class set the tone of your lessons and teaching style.

If children enter the classroom lacking focus or purpose, it can make your life a lot more difficult.

Develop a positive working relationship and half your job in terms of behaviour management and student engagement is already complete!

Here are the routines to consider:

Behaviour Management Strategies.

Additionally, once your pupils are engaged in your lesson, keeping them there is the next challenge.

Most behaviour management lies in the lesson itself.

If the work is too hard or too easy or there is no hook, then students are more likely to drift off.

By creating a positive behaviour management system that celebrates effort, you will create a positive working environment.

Here are my top tips:

Evidence Based Practice in Education.

Evidence Based Practice in Education” guides new teachers through the best research based learning theories being used in today’s classrooms. Get your copy now, it’s less than £5!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084KMWYCQ
Written and Edited by Paul Stevens-Fulbrook. “Evidence Based Practice in Education” guides you through Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, Cognitive Load Theory, Metacognition and Dial Coding Theory. For the PDF version click here.

Lesson Planning Simplified.

Lesson planning can also feel a bit overwhelming.

It can be difficult to know when or where to start.

By simplifying this process down and think about what really matters it can actually be rather straight forward.

All lessons only really have 5 types of activities with 5 purposes.

In this video I explain these in more detail:

Questions to Refine Lesson Planning.

Before you teach your lesson, it is always worth reflecting on whether you have a well-focused lesson.

After all, trying to include everything required can be distracting, particularly during a lesson observation.

This is an example of metacognition, a valuable tool for you and for your students.

These questions will help you refocus the purpose of your lesson:

Lesson Starter Activities.

Engaging children from the very start of the lesson sets the right tone for the rest of the lesson.

If children enter the classroom unsettled and the lesson starts slowly, it can take some children far longer to engage with learning and focus.

By grabbing student’s attention with a simple practical task or thinking exercise you focus pupil’s minds far quicker and prepare them to learn.

It’s very definitely worth checking out Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, a brilliant learning theory that simplifies how to structure the learning in your classroom.

Here a few ideas to get you started:

Personalising Classroom Learning.

Differentiation is the simple act of setting tasks tailor-made for students’ abilities and learning approaches.

It is about personalising learning.

This can be approached in a far more complicated way than it needs to be.

Find out more in this vlog:

Resolving Student Conflicts.

These are the parts they don’t teach you at university.

Children have arguments and conflicts that you are expected to resolve in a fair way that does not hinder learning.

The difficulty is, if you were not present for the conflict it can be difficult to find out exactly what went on.

Not to mention, if parents get involved, life can be made very difficult.

Be clear and transparent in your decisions is key.

Try these top tips:

Supporting Parents to Support Students.

Parental involvement is key but encouraging them to engage with their child about their learning can be difficult.

Building parents confidence in the most effective ways of supporting their child is the way to ensuring students are being supported at home.

Here is what WAGOLL Teaching suggests:

Parent’s Evening Tips.

Some teachers enjoy it, others hate it.

Parents’ Evenings can be both daunting and intense.

Speaking to parent after parent about how successful their child is learning can be a joy and a challenge.

Being prepared as much as possible will allow you to be on the front foot at all times.

By following the guidance in this video you can approach Parents’ Evening feeling prepared and confident:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084KMWYCQ
Written and Edited by Paul Stevens-Fulbrook. “Evidence Based Practice in Education” guides you through Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, Cognitive Load Theory, Metacognition and Dial Coding Theory. For the PDF version click here.

Evidence Based Practice in Education” guides new teachers through the best research based learning theories being used in today’s classrooms. Get your copy now, it’s less than £5!

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Ben Cooper
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I started my career after graduating from the University of Cumbria – Lancaster Campus where I studied Art and Design with Primary QTS. After graduating, I moved back to my home city of Manchester where I taught in an inner city school across KS2. It was during this time I developed a passion for Teaching and Learning whilst leading PE, inquiry-based learning and Apple device implementation. This is when my first website LiteracyWAGOLL.com was created and established. I then moved overseas in Dubai where I worked in a large through school as a class teacher, Head of Teaching and Learning and Head of Upper KS2. I am now a Deputy Headteacher and Head of Teaching and Learning. I am also an author and creator of the expanding WAGOLL Teaching blog www.wagollteaching.com and vlog on YouTube and continue to develop the LiteracyWAGOLL website with a growing number of resources and example texts. I have also written articles for various Teaching Magazines including TeachPrimary and create my own digital WAGOLL Teaching E-Magazine.

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