Teaching international students by @sjtylr

Name: Stephen

Twitter name: @sjtylr

Sector: International Schools

Subject taught (if applicable):

Position: Teacher, Dir. Learning, IB Coordinator

What is your advice about? Teaching international students

  1. Value students’ identities by learning their real names rather than assigning English names. It’s Kyu-Min, not ‘Kenny’.
  2. Practice pronunciation of kids’ names and check with them to avoid embarrassing errors.
  3. We’re all language teachers. You will need to take more time to teach the vocabulary and conventions of your subject.
  4. Remember that humour doesn’t always translate. If in doubt, don’t.
  5. Remember that students are often in transition. New students coming part-way through the year might have missed transition support and can get left behind. Leaving students need support too.

Positive Behaviour Management by @MissMWrites

Name: May
Twitter name: @MissMWrites
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: RQT
What is your advice about? Positive Behaviour Management

  1. Treat every class like they are your favourite until they disappoint that expectation.
  2. Create a positive relationship with parents. Call home with positive messages; this is a lift for all involved.
  3. Reward those students who consistently meet your expectations. They can become easily forgotten.
  4. Maintain consistent routines and follow through with consequences.
  5. Be flexible where necessary. You can’t win all the battles.

Behaviour by @QuantumFront

Name: Quantum Front
Twitter name: @QuantumFront
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Head of Faculty
What is your advice about? Behaviour

  1. Hammer Y7 for everything. It’s money in the bank.
  2. Don’t try to be cool. You’re not, they don’t care and it won’t work.
  3. Greet at the door, saying hello to everyone with a smile.
  4. Relentlessly uphold your standards. It will work, but it will also take time.
  5. Strict doesn’t mean horrible: you should phone parents to praise as well as admonish.

Special education by @stam_liz

Name: Liz
Twitter name: @stam_liz
Sector: Secondary,Special school
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position: Teacher
What is your advice about? Special education

  1. Smile and take time to know your students.
  2. Overplan – lots of different activities but don’t rush them so you don’t run out of things to do.
  3. Don’t get stuck on the diagnosis – each child is an individual who HAS a special need but they are far more than that. Use it to inform.
  4. Give the children time to process your instructions – some might need a few seconds to carry out what you ask.
  5. Don’t talk too much – words can get in the way so use symbols, clear language and different activities to get your point across.

Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself by @JessicaDPollock

Name: Jessica Pollock
Twitter name: @JessicaDPollock
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Class Teacher
What is your advice about? Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

  1. Your class will get messy.
  2. You will fall behind on marking at times.
  3. You will forget to organise resources for a lesson and have to wing it.
  4. You will realise you’ve only done spelling once this week and wouldn’t like to admit to the last time you taught French.
  5. You’re in a job with a never ending to-do list so keep a ‘done list’ to keep perspective. This job is like a garden, never perfect or ‘finished’ but manageable, and worth it.

Good Habits by @DoWise

Name: Douglas Wise
Twitter name: @DoWise
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): English
Position: Head of Department
What is your advice about? Good Habits

  1. Create seating plans: don’t allow students to choose where they sit.
  2. Be in your classroom before each lesson begins and greet students at the door.
  3. Have work books and resources on the desks, ready to use, at the start of the lesson.
  4. Log all behavioural incidents, good and bad.
  5. Keep your classroom tidy.

Surviving your NQT year by @Ejbelshaw

Name: Emily
Twitter name: @Ejbelshaw
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): History
Position: History teacher
What is your advice about? Surviving your NQT year

  1. Create a marking timetable and stick to it, little and often is better and more effective than leaving it until the last minute. Students appreciate the consistent feedback.
  2. Take as much time to observe others. Be a sponge and learn as much as you can.
  3. Build a rapport with repro and send gifts at Xmas- always good to have them on board in case of an emergency!
  4. Stay healthy, eat well and take care of yourself!
  5. Enjoy teaching and work hard, but take time for yourself. A happy teacher is a good teacher, students do notice and rapport will be impacted.