How to be a Helpful Pre-Service Teacher Supervisor

Last term I had my first opportunity to mentor a pre-service teacher (known as a student teacher in many parts). I know that he learnt a lot, but I think I might have learnt more! It's surprisingly difficult to be helpful to someone when you've never done anything like this before. I certainly stumbled through … Continue reading How to be a Helpful Pre-Service Teacher Supervisor

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Meet the Teacher – Natalie

Natalie is a primary school teacher from Glorious Western Australia. She began teaching in 2015 after graduating as a mature age student. Natalie originally comes from a background in finance in the mining industry, and after having a child she decided on a career change. Why did you become a teacher? I started my teaching … Continue reading Meet the Teacher – Natalie

21 Start-of-the-Year Questions to Ask Your Students

With the beginning of the school year comes a daunting task for every teacher - getting to know a new set of classes.  In the first week you are expected to lay down the laws, but you should also use this time to get to know your students. Building a good rapport can start on … Continue reading 21 Start-of-the-Year Questions to Ask Your Students

Would You Still Be a Teacher if You Could Do it all Again?

This is the twentieth and last part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK. Knowing what you know now, would you still choose to be a teacher if you could go back in time and make the choice again? Such a loaded question, with so many implications. The … Continue reading Would You Still Be a Teacher if You Could Do it all Again?

Please Remember This About Me

This is the tenth part of my Reflection Series – a self-reflection of my year teaching in the UK. What do you hope your students remember most about you as a teacher? That I care. Simple as that. I think we are often overlooked as human beings by students, other staff, senior leadership, policy makers, parents, and … Continue reading Please Remember This About Me