Name: Carolyn O’Connor
Twitter name: @clyn40
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What is your advice about? First time in the classroom
1: Don’t assume as it’s post compulsory education all the students want to be there, some have had no option due to family pressure. So be prepared for the disenchanted students!
2: Don’t let them know you are a trainee teacher, believe me I’ve seen both sides of the coin.
3: Don’t take everything that is said about the class as Gospel, make your own mind up. They may only behave that way for certain teachers.
4: Make sure you know the class rules, speak to their personal tutor. They will try to tell you differently, e.g. “Yes we can eat crisps and sausage rolls in class”.
5: Learn names quickly, ask for a print out of names with photos. It really helps you with a whole range of things from Q & A to behaviour management.