Essential Survival Skills for the First Year by @MsHJS

Name: Anon
Twitter name: Ms HJS
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Leader for teaching and learning
What is your advice about? Essential survival skills for the first year

1: Magpie ideas. Visit other people’s classrooms, listen to conversations in the staff room and steal what works.

2: Spend 5 minutes at the end of the day identifying 5 things that went well. Choose one thing you will try to develop. Just one.

3: Ask questions. Schools are busy, complex organisations so you need to be proactive in seeing out information.

4: Think about your unique selling point. What is it that you bring to the classroom? Be proud of being you.

5: Pace yourself physically. Don’t say yes to everything, say I’d like to in the future.

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Surviving in Teaching by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Twitter name: None given
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable): Maths
Position:
What is your advice about? Surviving in teaching

1: You’ll get lots of contradictory advice. Don’t stress about it.

2: You only have one life so don’t ruin it working in a poor school. If you want to change the world become a priest; oh and don’t become a priest.

3: Many people will keep asking you to do stuff. Work out who to ignore and ignore them….but it’s probably not the Head.

4: Never ever do anything that makes after school meetings take too long.

5: Teaching is a job. Nothing more.