5 Lessons I learnt whilst working as a supply teacher

A few years ago, I made the decision to sign up to some local and not-so-local supply agencies. I’d been considering supply teaching for a little while, but some of my more experienced peers would occasionally warn me off supply teaching as a next career step. Supply teaching, depending on who you speak to, is…

3 Creative Ways to Teach Phonics

Phonics is such an important early stage of learning, providing children access with the tools required to unpick words and learn their initial sounds. Phonics can be taught in many different ways, with the united purpose of helping children to become more confident, fluent and independent readers. Although, these sessions would usually be taught using…

Homeschooling Top Tips for Parents

All across the UK, schools have begun teaching in an unprecedented way and under exceptional conditions. However, as a UK teacher, my school team and I have been relentlessly uploading material to support children at home whilst they embark on this new journey of home-school learning. Parents have been handed the baton of teaching their…

20 Must Read Children’s Books for the summer holidays

With longer days and better weather, it's not long until the summer holidays are upon us. For 6 whole weeks, teachers and children alike can get out of the classroom and enjoy a much deserved break. Even though the summer holidays provides a perfect time to relax, it's a great time for children to keep…

Video Teaching Inspiration #4 ~ The Wish-maker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zON0wDD7VJY Thinking Questions Why do the characters throw a golden coin into the well? What do you think the first man wished for? Why? Why did the man and the woman throw a golden coin into the well? What prevented their wish from coming true? How did the ‘wish-maker’ solve the problem? Which methods did…

Schooling with a difference: Alternative schools around the world

Working in mainstream schools can provide a huge insight into the standards and expectations of teaching in the 21st century. However, with growing class sizes, emphasis on grammar and testing, I’ve often wondered how alternative schools approach education differently. It is true that many mainstream schools are increasingly considering the impact of their teaching on…

Video Teaching Inspiration #3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1K9EH90CyA Thinking Questions What did you enjoy about the clip? What made the magician’s hat magical? How did the rabbit feel? Why was the rabbit frustrated? How did the rabbit behave when he/she didn’t get the carrot? What could the magician have done differently? What could the rabbit have done differently? What tricks did the…

How to use different learning styles to your advantage

Whether teaching takes place in the classroom or at home, delivering lessons and introducing new concepts to children can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By helping children along on their pathway to success, you can be that positive role model in their lives cheering them on. However, teaching also has its many challenges as you…