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KS1 teacher training placement starts in September, handy hints please ;0)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by stacey1004, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Have recieved the details of my first placement school today and it's with KS1, just wondered if people had any handy tips and hints for working with the little ones!
  2. If a boy asks you to tie their laces, wash your hands immediately afterwards. The aim in the toilets ain't the best at that age...
  3. That's a reassuring start! [​IMG]
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Always wear washable clothes. Keep the dry clean/handwash only clothes for KS2 placements.
  5. Just enjoy it, get used to them, and take as much as you can in!
    If you want to be really helpful, always look out for things that need tidying up, filing etc during breaktimes/before/after school. It sounds menial and like the kind of jobs you ask work experience children to do - but these are the things that constantly need doing and a student of any kind being proactive in this sense would impress me, and show me that they are aware of the stresses of being a teacher.
    Also be proactive with supporting the children - during whole class teaching, ask the teacher which children you could sit with to support.
    Dont be passive - be as supportive as you can, whilst taking in as much as you can.
    Note how the learning environment is arranged, how the teacher manages the way children work in groups (Ie is it formal where they all sit and work, or do they have freeflow play going on etc).
    Ask to see planning and assessment.
    Note behaviour management strategies - especially the positive ones. Ask if you are allowed to give stickers/use the happy/sad side etc too to show the children you are a member of staff.
    Ask that the children call you "Miss X" and not by your first name.
    Most of all, note the ways the teacher teaches. What is good, what is not so good - what is she doing to engage them and stop them from getting bored, how is she differentiating.
    There's SO much to take on board, the best thing is to just go in with an open mind and a brain like a sponge!

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