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Improving my teaching practice

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by jameswalker12, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Dear all,
    I am a new teacher (KS1) and I have identified some areas in my teaching practice which I would like to improve. However, I really need help from experienced professionals to help me do this. I ask people at school and they are fantastic but I feel you can never ask too many people for help and advice. The areas I have identified are as follows (please feel free to comment on techniques to help me improve in these areas:
    <ol>[*]<u>Pace</u> - I feel that I sometimes rush through concepts and move on too quicky[*]<u>Making silly mistakes with the IWB</u> - I try to use the smartboard a lot to make the lessons very visual for the children but I always do silly things like try to write on the board while I have the rubber in my hand (which doesn't work [​IMG]) and then the children laugh at me (in a nice way) but this still undermines me.[*]<u>Explaining tasks</u> - this is difficult for me to explain what to do to five groups without all the others getting board and not listening. What is a good way to manage this and check that the children have all understood before you let them go off to work?[*]<u>Confidence</u> - I think this is the biggest area for me not only in my job but in my life also! I do struggle with my confidence and I need to be more confident. I know I am good with the children and I want to become a great teacher but I constantly 'throw myself on my sword' and attack myself when something doesn't workout. Another problem is when being observed; I don't interact as well with the children as I normally do and I think it is because I am struggling in this area.</ol>Don't get me wrong, I won't let these things stop me from becoming a good teacher (and some people say that I am already good) but it's knowing myself that I need to improve these areas before I feel completely confident. For example, I have been playing rugby for about 15 years and I feel totally confident to do demonstrations and play infront of hundreds of people and this doesn't phase me one bit and, without being big headed, I think this is because I know I am good at the sport. However, I need to know this in relation to teaching also.

    Please feel free to fire away and help me in these areas.

    Cheers,
     
  2. Dear all,
    I am a new teacher (KS1) and I have identified some areas in my teaching practice which I would like to improve. However, I really need help from experienced professionals to help me do this. I ask people at school and they are fantastic but I feel you can never ask too many people for help and advice. The areas I have identified are as follows (please feel free to comment on techniques to help me improve in these areas:
    <ol>[*]<u>Pace</u> - I feel that I sometimes rush through concepts and move on too quicky[*]<u>Making silly mistakes with the IWB</u> - I try to use the smartboard a lot to make the lessons very visual for the children but I always do silly things like try to write on the board while I have the rubber in my hand (which doesn't work [​IMG]) and then the children laugh at me (in a nice way) but this still undermines me.[*]<u>Explaining tasks</u> - this is difficult for me to explain what to do to five groups without all the others getting board and not listening. What is a good way to manage this and check that the children have all understood before you let them go off to work?[*]<u>Confidence</u> - I think this is the biggest area for me not only in my job but in my life also! I do struggle with my confidence and I need to be more confident. I know I am good with the children and I want to become a great teacher but I constantly 'throw myself on my sword' and attack myself when something doesn't workout. Another problem is when being observed; I don't interact as well with the children as I normally do and I think it is because I am struggling in this area.</ol>Don't get me wrong, I won't let these things stop me from becoming a good teacher (and some people say that I am already good) but it's knowing myself that I need to improve these areas before I feel completely confident. For example, I have been playing rugby for about 15 years and I feel totally confident to do demonstrations and play infront of hundreds of people and this doesn't phase me one bit and, without being big headed, I think this is because I know I am good at the sport. However, I need to know this in relation to teaching also.

    Please feel free to fire away and help me in these areas.

    Cheers,
     

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