Start of Lessons by @bectully

Name: Bec Tulloch
Twitter name: @bectully
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Drama
Position: SLE
What is your advice about? Start of lessons

1: Greet classes at the door, use names where you can, smile and engage with students as people. Check how their last lesson went as much as you can.

2: Calmly, clearly and precisely tell them exactly how to behave and get organised.

3: Clearly signal the start of the lesson. I do this by saying ‘Good Morning/afternoon, year…’ and then letting them sit, but you can find what suits you/your subject.

4: Always use the register ACTIVELY- give them a question which can be answered in a single sentence, to reflect content, form or SMSC themes of the lesson.

5: Have a good yarn to tell which expands on the lessons theme and MAKE IT PERSONAL – allow them to know you as a person.

How To Manage Your TA by Quirky Teacher

Name: Quirky Teacher
Sector:  Primary
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: How to manage your TA

  1. Most importantly, let them know that you appreciate their help. Say ‘thank you’ every day.
  2. Keep your TA ‘in the loop’: give them the low-down from the staff meeting and a heads-up on imminent changes.
  3. Help your TA to feel important and needed: ask for their opinions, feedback and advice on the children.
  4. Skills permitting, give them opportunities to do group work with the eager, higher achieving pupils.
  5. Give them a dedicated little bit corner of work space to lay out their folders and pots of pens.

Teaching Sixth Formers by @nik_d_maths

Name: Nik
Twitter:  @nik_d_maths
Sector:  FE
Subject: Maths
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Teaching sixth formers

  1. Sixth Formers are not yet adults. They still require structure, rules, consequences and guidance.
  2. Sixth Formers are no longer school children. Don’t dumb down language or activities, or use childish memes to try to engage them.
  3. Just because they have chosen to be in post secondary doesn’t mean they will always be highly motivated or independent; this still needs to be taught and made explicit.
  4. Get them into good homework habits early. Set as much as you reasonably can and make them responsible for getting help.
  5. Make sure there is a way for parents/guardians to be kept in the loop where appropriate. They have a right to know.

Bags by @tstarkey1212

Name: Tom Starkey
Twitter:  @tstarkey1212
Sector:  Secondary, FE
Subject: English
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Bags

  1. A good bag is possibly the most important piece of equipment a teacher will invest in. Choose wisely.
  2. Your bag should have a number of different compartments/pockets to keep things separate and easy to access. Precious time should not be wasted scrabbling around for a pen.
  3. A bag should be large enough to carry:
    * A pencil case
    * Your lunch
    * A laptop or tablet and charger
    * One set of exercise books
    * An A4 pad
  4. If you have trouble picking up your bag as it is too heavy, you’re taking too much home. The answer to this is not to buy a bigger bag.
  5. Military and military-style rucksacks are a good bet. They are hard wearing with many pockets.

Bad Days by @molin_bryan

Name: Bryan Molin
Twitter:  @molin_bryan
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Assistant Headteacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Bad days

  1. We all have them. Recognise you are not on top form and keep things simple.
  2. If you have a minute, go for a walk around the school to clear your head.
  3. If you are teaching all day, keep behaviour management simple. Don’t overreact and put your best into your teaching.
  4. Talk to colleagues. Getting something off your chest feels good at times.
  5. Work will always be there next morning. In the evening, take a break, do something nice and get a good night’s sleep.

Behaviour Management by @teach_well

Name: Tarjinder Gill
Twitter:  @teach_well
Sector:  Primary
Position: Teacher Adviser
5 Bits of Advice About: Behaviour management

  1. School rules and class rules should basically be the same. Ideally there should be no more than 5.
  2. Children do not need to be involved in making the rules. It’s a nice idea but I have never seen a difficult child make better choices because they signed the class charter.
  3. Log all incidents and check if there is a pattern.
  4. If you work in an unreasonable school that makes you take children on visits regardless of behaviour, insist the parent being there is on the risk assessment.
  5. Remember that most children do not exhibit unreasonable behaviour. Those that do, do so for a reason, that reason is rarely if ever, you.

Getting Involved by @StephenConnor7

Name: Stephen Connor
Twitter:  @StephenConnor7
Sector:  Primary
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Getting involved

  1. Go on a residential with your new school. Get to know children and staff quickly.
  2. Use NQT time to observe. Watch SMT as they are likely to have been teaching longest, will be used to observations and, theoretically, should be good teachers.
  3. Take on an after-school club, or offer to help others with theirs. Show you are proactive and enthusiastic early on.
  4. Introduce yourself to as many parents as possible, as quickly as possible. Ring them, send a letter home, show you are available to them.
  5. Always, always be nice to the secretaries, caretaker and bursar. They’ll all save your skin at some point…

The Behaviour Learning Conversation by @drake_kieran

Name: Kieran
Twitter:  @drake_kieran
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: RE
Position: Head of Department
5 Bits of Advice About: The behaviour learning conversation

  1. Use the language of ‘choices’ and ‘consequences’. This taps into a student’s understanding of justice and fairness.
  2. Start by asking the student to rate their performance in the lesson out of 100. Ask them why they didn’t say 0 and why they didn’t say 100.
  3. List very clearly each of the bad choices they made. Give them clear reasons connected to learning (“because I’m your teacher” or “because I said so” will not help you).
  4. Give them no more than 2 things that you want them to better next time.
  5. Carrot/Stick – Tell them how you’ll reward them if they follow the target in your next lesson. Tell them what the consequence of choosing not to will be.

Running Your First Meeting by @molin_bryan

Name: Bryan Molin
Twitter:  @molin_bryan
Sector:  Secondary
Position: Assistant Headteacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Running your first meeting

  1. Make sure the agenda and resources are out well in advance so people can prepare.
  2. Keep to time. A good meeting should not last more than one hour.
  3. Build time for feedback and discussion, but make sure all voices are heard. Involve the “silent voices” in your team.
  4. Don’t be afraid to cut a discussion short, for it to be revisited in future or in a different format.
  5. The people that are perceived as”blockers” are often good staff who provide important feedback. Listen to all points of view.