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New to teaching in FE... I'm petrified but excited!

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by SunnySide26, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. SunnySide26

    SunnySide26 New commenter


    I'm currently undertaking my L5 Diploma in Education and Training and due to finish it in 2021. I have just been offered a couple of days teaching Health and Social Care (across L1, 2 and 3) as long as I quit my current role (which I am fine with). I am currently in a role in which I deliver the PSHE curriculum to learners on different qualifications so therefore I do not have marking or assessments to undertake with the learners.

    I'm due to start in 4 weeks. Do you have any tips for someones first time teaching a qualification in FE? I've asked for a mentor so I can ease myself in.

    1. Any tips I should take into account as a new FE lecturer?
    2. Anything you discovered which would be helpful to do before I start the job?
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  2. tinalouisegriffiths

    tinalouisegriffiths New commenter

    As an FE lecturer my advice is try to find out what topics you will be covering as this will allow you to plan in advance (I over-plan so I am told). Always expect the unexpected in FE so a plan A, B, C, and D will give you the confidence and get you over the first few sessions.

    You'll be fine I am sure just enjoy it and try not to take too much on to start with.

    Let us know how you get on.
    CalypsoDalma likes this.
  3. CalypsoDalma

    CalypsoDalma New commenter

    You may have already covered these bases, but here are a few pointers that I've thought of (apologies if I'm stating the obvious here!)

    • Do you have access to course curriculums? If so, this will help you to plan effectively and inform you of what you need to cover and the progressions between the different levels.
    • Try to get to know other tutors who teach your subject(s) and ask for support and pointers. Offer to share links and resources etc.
    • Ask about platforms, programmes and technologies used in your establishment. If necessary, ask for training on how to use them. Also, ask who you can contact for IT support if needed.
    • Use a variety of teaching methods to keep things interesting.
    Good luck in your new role!
    iyrinat likes this.

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