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First Lesson ideas

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Vicki197, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. Vicki197

    Vicki197 New commenter

    So I've just completed my NQT and I'm heading into my full RQT timetable and I honestly don't quite know how to approach my first lessons this year. Last year we had to go over the department expectations (which I will do again) along with my expectations but I'm not sure where to go from there. On advice from my mentors and tutors in ITT I decided to set class rules as a group and to be honest it blew up in my face so I really don't fancy trying that route again...but I just don't know what to do! I'm a Maths teacher but I don't really want to go in with traditional teaching in the first lesson if I can help it. I think we're being given some problem solving activities to do with our year 7s as they won't be setted but I'm struggling to know how to approach my new year 8 (both top sets) and 9 (bottom set) classes. Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    questionsandanswers likes this.
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Why not?
    There's no point in setting up expectations for children if the rest of the lesson isn't going to be representative of other lessons throughout the year. You're just undermining yourself.
  3. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    I remember Theo saying that you should introduce yourself and then start teaching!
    Why not?
    minnie me and wanet like this.
  4. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Why not indeed. Let them know your expectations and then show them what to expect in future Maths lessons. I would do the same with Year 7. They will settle faster of you get them into the routine as fast as possible.
    digoryvenn likes this.
  5. gemmamarie08

    gemmamarie08 New commenter

    I'm an RQT this year too (teaching science) and I'm planning to spend no more than ten minutes on introductions and expectations.

    After that, I'm starting formal teaching straight away as I want to get my classes settled down and working asap.

    The only thing I'm a bit nervous about is not knowing the classes so making sure I have enough for them to do without overloading them!

    I've planned out the first week and after that it will be easier.
  6. lesley.fearn

    lesley.fearn New commenter

    Put them in groups and ask them to write lists on why they like or dislike maths. Why they think it is important to learn and why it might not be :)
  7. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    if you did that in my school you'd be setting yourself up for anarchy!
    I would certainly start teaching first lesson, but perhaps with a slightly open ended "number puzzle" type activity so that you can gauge their level of thinking, discussion etc
    Teaching_Tricks and DYNAMO67 like this.
  8. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

  9. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Agree with others, get any admin done (seat them and give out books etc) then start teaching.
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  10. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Strawbs, would you really use that nrich problem for bottom set 9? Do you mean yr 9?
    I would use that problem for year 3 and 4 in primary school. I think some of our bright year 2 pupils could do it if you gave the clues one at a time.
  11. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    As a starter/intro activity, yes I would - our bottom sets y9 are working at mostly L3 and moving to L4 - I guess it depends on what your bottom sets are like!
  12. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    That's true. I have never worked in a secondary school so I should not be really commenting.
  13. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    and I've never worked in primary! There is a massive range in ability in most "standard" comprehensives. Our y9 range from easily achieving level 8 to those working at level 3 (and below - we have one or two who cannot reliably count beyond 20 or so)
  14. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Bottom set - cringe .Lower attaining - yes.
  15. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Are you objecting to the terminology?
  16. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

  17. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    But you think defining children as "lower attaining" is acceptable? Where's the ambition, the chance for progress?
  18. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Ah yes ' bottom ' has such a better / more inspirational connotation than the other ' label ' which at least assumes attainment
  19. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I am going to simply repeat others. Why wouldn't you? and i am genuinely asking that as a question @Vicki197 I am interested to hear your views on this. I see no reason why, once you have given out books and admin you wouldn't?

    absolutely mad. Really angers me when idiots who haven't taught for god knows how long xome up with rubbish like this. Ideas that were probably published by some university bod who also has never taught. On paper it sounds great, in practice it just ridiculous. You are the teacher. YOU TELL THEM what to do. If they are accepting, great. If not, tough.

    Once sat down in my seating plan I start with rules of my classroom. It is more presentation and organisation though than behaviour. I go over what will be taught and they write it down. Clear for all to see that way what we expect. I then do a half lesson of teaching. Please don't get off on the wrong foot by doing something unrelated to what they will learn.
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  20. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    I am sorry, I struggle to see any point in this whatsoever. All it has the potential to do is to get your first lesson- the most important one- off on a wrong foot. Please OP or the person who has written the comment, forget this.

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