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September 12, 2013

Teacher Development

10 commandments for new teachers

tips-for-new-teachers.jpgA recent article from the Teacher Network section of The Guardian: From the power of Google to ditching the monotone, secondary teacher Lulu Kuper shares her proven tips on how NQTs can get the best from their students.

For some new teachers it's bewildering as to what it takes to be an effective teacher. To teach so that students actually learn in your class you need to know the secret procedures and routines that will make you efficient in the classroom. I can almost guarantee that if you have them in place your lessons will run smoothly.

It is no exaggeration to say teaching can be one of the most rewarding careers. If you save one kid, it feels as if you've saved the entire world. Every teacher has the capacity to make the world a better place and give someone the ambition to become somebody. Yet if you're new to the profession, before you can do this you need to master the old fashioned craft of how to teach… with a modern twist.

Many passionate graduate teachers encounter a hard to crack merciless class and feel they have been eaten for breakfast. You can find these teachers slumped in the staffroom often in tears. This guide is for anyone, new or experienced teachers, who want to know the secrets of the classroom.

1. The secret to learning anything is enjoyment

As Albert Einstein said: "That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don't notice that the time passes." Sadly if you have ever followed a student around for the day in school you will realise for young people it's incredibly dull and boring. At a time of life that you are quite literally full of life.

Using a bit of imagination – cellotape, cereal boxes, water, sticks, paper and each other can transform your lessons. Enjoyment and learning can be hard to get right, but if you can do this your students will appreciate you.

Read the full article from The Guardian.

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