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Our Trip to India – 2018 – Friday

  All I can say about today is- WOW! This is hands down one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I can’t even put it into words how blessed I am feeling to experience a day like today. We started back at JJR this morning for the last lesson observation…

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Our Trip to India – 2018 – Thursday

“A smart teacher is someone who uses this opportunity as professional development for themselves, while using their skills to help other teachers grow for the future”. With yesterday being a public holiday in Delhi, today was a busy one. All of the volunteers were keen and eager to get going with observations this morning and…

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Easily distracted and ADHD students

Every classroom has one –  maybe it’s the homework that never gets turned in, the desk that resembles a waste paper basket, blurting out inappropriate remarks, constant tapping of the pencil even when you have asked them  a million times to stop! We have all taught the easily distracted. For some it is just forgetfulness,…

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Duty of care

Child protection Teachers have a responsibility for identifying and reporting any signs of abuse and/or neglect. Teachers must be alert and ready to recognise the signs of abuse including generally neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse. If you suspect one of the children in your care is being abused you must not take direct action.…

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Managing conflict and asserting yourself

Conflict is normal. All of us have at times had interactions with other people which have not gone as well as we would have liked. At one level we may simply feel misunderstood and be able to “shrug it off “without much difficulty. However, sometimes we can feel personally attacked and our first reaction may…

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Autism Spectrum Disordor (ASD)

Over half a million people in the UK have Autism. Together with their families they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by Autism every single day. It is estimated that at least 1 in 100 children under 18 in the UK has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). More boys are diagnosed…

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Promoting self-directed learners in classrooms

Teachers often say that they wish their pupils were more responsible for their own learning. If we want to understand and develop more self-directed learners, it’s productive to focus on what such a learner should be able to do. As a minimum, self-directed learners should be able to: focus on a given activity manage distractions…

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Planning a school trip/excursion

Organising a school trip requires time and careful planning to ensure that it proceeds safely and successfully. It can be a busy and stressful time as you organise risk assessments, inform parents, obtain parental consent, gather information about students, supervisors, transport, insurance, accident and emergency procedures as well as collect funds. Risk assessments A risk assessment…

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Preparing your students for SATS and examinations

Believe in yourself. If you prepare for the exams properly you should do fine, meaning that there is no need to worry excessively. Don’t try to be perfect. It’s great to succeed but keep things in balance. Aim to do your best but do recognize that none of us can be perfect all of the…

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How to manage a noisy class

Do you struggle to get your students’ attention at the start or during lessons? If so, here are a few ideas to try with those noisy classes Remember you will need to familiarise your students with any routines and signals or instructions so that students get into a habit of becoming quiet whenever you ask…

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