Teaching A Survival Guide For Students And New Teachers Part 1

Teaching A Survival Guide For Students And New Teachers Part 1



Most teachers make many mistakes in​ the​ early years of​ their careers. the​ majority of​ these mistakes, in​ hindsight, are avoidable. This series of​ articles is​ written with the​ experience of​ many years’ teaching in​ mind. I hope it​ can help you to​ avoid some of​ the​ common mistakes made by new teachers, including those that I made myself.

Teaching is​ an​ emotionally satisfying career, but an​ extremely stressful one. By following the​ advice given here, you can reduce the​ stress and​ hopefully manage it​ more easily. Some of​ the​ advice applies mainly to​ the​ first few weeks in​ a​ job, where the​ children are looking for​ weaknesses and​ before you have established yourself. the​ advice on Dress Code is​ one example, where once established you will be able to​ dress in​ a​ less formal manner.

Hopefully, this book can help more teachers to​ succeed that much sooner and​ help to​ reduce the​ loss of​ so many valuable newly trained teachers to​ the​ profession.

You will need your own car. Public transport is​ not a​ good way of​ travelling to​ school. Unless you live very close to​ the​ school there will be no direct bus route. if​ there are easy transport links to​ the​ school you can expect to​ be travelling with the​ children you teach. This often creates problems. Using public transport means that your day will be considerably longer too. Having to​ use a​ rail service with hourly trains may mean having to​ arrive in​ school before 8am and​ not leaving until 4.30pm.

In the​ short term, you may be able to​ arrange a​ lift with a​ colleague who happens to​ live nearby, but this becomes progressively less convenient when you have to​ arrange your domestic routine around the​ school and​ domestic commitments of​ your driver colleague.

You will almost certainly work for​ a​ month before you are paid. Most schools have a​ set date for​ paying their teachers. if​ you are lucky it​ will be the​ 20th of​ the​ month, but it​ is​ far more likely to​ be the​ 28th. You will have lost eligibility for​ Unemployment Benefit and​ Social Security payments on the​ day you started work, but you will have to​ live for​ a​ month on nothing but fresh air and​ loans from parents, friends, the​ bank or​ those wonderful credit cards. Arrange your applications for​ credit cards, overdrafts and​ loans in​ advance - you are going to​ need them.

Be sure to​ inform your employers of​ any previous employment. Some schools will give you incremental credit for​ your employment prior to​ teaching, even if​ it​ was many years ago. This is​ particularly important for​ mature entrants to​ the​ profession.

Join a​ union, or​ professional association as​ they are sometimes called in​ teaching. This gives you cover in​ the​ event of​ malicious allegations or​ assault by pupils. it​ is​ probably a​ good idea to​ join all the​ unions as​ a​ student, when they are free, then to​ choose one for​ paid membership depending on the​ relative strengths of​ the​ unions in​ your school.




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