Tag: teachers

10 Stages of Report Writing

It’s that time of the year when all teachers are busy writing reports! What stage are you at? Read on for the ten stages of report writing… 1. Initial shock when you find out that you have to start writing reports along with assessments, data collecting, marking and 500,000,000 other things on your to-do list. 2. Pretending you didn’t get…

You know you’ve been a teacher for too long when…

Teachers love to teach but you know you’ve been teaching for too long when… 1. You go out in public and get an uncontrollable urge to correct other children’s behaviour.  2. Everything makes sense once you meet the parents. 3. You get your life back during holiday time.  4. You want to slap the next person who says to you,…

Child Neglect

Child neglect is a form of child abuse and is a deficit in meeting a child’s basic needs. The UK government’s statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’, defines neglect as: The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.  It can occur in different…

Changing Teachers’ Mindsets

Those of you who have read Carol Dweck’s work on changing mindsets, it may have made you wonder about your own. You will have probably found that like most people, you are a mixture of both a fixed and growth mindset, depending on certain situations. In order to create a classroom environment that allows shifts in pupils’ mindsets, teachers themselves…

Nature Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzles are a magnificent way for children to revise, practise spellings and learn new vocabulary. Check out this free nature-themed crossword puzzle, perfect for a science activity! This fun crossword puzzle will challenge kids with facts about insects and other creatures. It’s also a great way to practice spelling and word recognition.   To download it for free click…

Writing School Reports

Reports help parents see their child’s progress. As a teacher, you will need to highlight any concerns you may have but also take the opportunity to congratulate the child’s efforts. It is important that a school report is truthful, diplomatic and paints a true picture of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. It is important to communicate the way forward to…

Data Handling Online Games

The internet is full of data handling games and activities. These are some of my favourite ones that will help children understand how data can be interpreted and presented in various ways. They provide opportunities for data analysis using line graphs, bar charts and tally tables; perfect for lower key stage 2. Click on the images below, to be taken…

Dividing by 10 and 100

Part of the Year 4 National Curriculum targets in Numeracy, are for children to be able to divide by 10 and 100. The post below is for pupils to do as homework as well as for teachers to use in their lesson.   Watch this fun video to help you understand how to divide by 10 and 100. Then play…

Collaborative, Group and Co-operative Learning

Teaching has moved away from a strictly traditional teacher orientated class, where the teacher talks and the pupils are expected to only work individually and independently. Pupils are required to develop skills that help them work well in a team. Setting groups and giving children the opportunity to work together for a common goal helps strengthen their relationships and develop…

6 Elements for Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

There is nothing more important than for children to feel safe in a school environment, so that they can be open to learning. Creating a positive classroom environment, is the first step in ensuring that everyone brings out their best. If you’d like to learn how you can do this, then read on! Here are some tips to help you…