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Ten top tips for new teachers

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by TES_Rosaline, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Make sure you kick-start your career the right way with some useful tips to help you in your first year in the classroom:

    ‘...To stress or not to stress...

    Teaching is very likely to stress you out sooner or later. That’s the nature of any full-time or part-time work. But never put on a brave face and suffer undue stress in silence. Employers have a duty of care to help you manage your stress/workload. The same applies to colleagues who upset or bully you. Address the problem directly, face to face. Tell them how they’re making you feel. They will respect you for being strong and forthright. Bottling things up and stressing yourself is likely to lead to long term illness.

    Share or shaft?

    Only share your teaching/learning materials with colleagues who are sharing theirs. Don’t let the colleagues in your team take advantage of your good nature or your "newness" to the profession by nicking your lesson plans and resources. There is something called intellectual property, general integrity and ethics. As a professional, you should insist on these.

    An ogre or a cool teacher?

    Don’t go for popularity with your pupils/students. It’s difficult to discipline a class when you’ve established pally-pally persona. Being cool is going to create problem for you in the long run. Go for overt strictness at the start. You can always be lenient later but you can’t go the other way round...‘

    Dr Roshan Doug is a visiting professor, strategist and educational consultant at the University of Birmingham.

    Discover the rest of the tips: https://www.tes.com/news/are-you-new-teacher-10-things-keep-mind

    Good luck in your new job and enjoy it. Don’t forget you can share your experiences with other teachers on the forums or seek advice from your colleagues on the Tes Community.
  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    We've been through this so many times. IP which you create in your employment belongs to your employer, so you should share as needed within the school. Anyone who doesn't - and who has IP worth sharing - perhaps needs to be challenged?
  3. bigwig1

    bigwig1 New commenter

    Use materials that you find that can be easily adapted for use with your classes. Don't reinvent the wheel there are teachers who have been doing the job for years who have placed resources on the net.
    Don't try and reason with students who exhibit bad or rude behaviour. Set your standards and except nothing less. If students will not conform then get assistance. Don't accept blame if they will not behaviour in your lessons.
    pepper5 likes this.

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