How to be the best student teacher EVER!

After talking to many different teachers about what makes a great student teacher, I’ve comprised a list of the top 5 most noted character traits that make student teachers outstanding. Be sure to take on board these habits to become the best student teacher EVER! Read on…

Be flexible

Welcome to teacher life! Flexibility is key to surviving in this profession. No matter how well-planned you are, there are never any guarantees that things will go according to plan. In fact it is always a huge surprise when things do as it is such a rare occasion. Last minute changes are inevitable so be quick to get on board the ever unpredictable world of teaching.

Welcome feedback

The way you respond to feedback, will help you grow as an educator to be. Positive feedback is of course so much easier to accept than negative or critical feedback. Ask what you can do to improve, take on board the suggestions you are given, with a positive mindset. Remember your mentor wants you to succeed so interpret any negative feedback as an opportunity for growth.

Take initiative

Don’t always wait to be told what to do. After your first few days of observing how the class functions, take the initiative to become active and do something new. Do something helpful such as introducing a new monitor scheme, organising the class library books, offer and share your ideas on how to better improve the class, make an educational display, do anything that will bring your mark to the class.

Take risks

Say goodbye to your comfort zone and brace yourself to try out new ideas. Share your ideas with your mentor teacher first, just to make sure that you are going about things the right way, for they know the class best. Make any adjustments recommended, if any, then go for it and give it a shot! Teachers and pupils are always grateful for fresh new ideas and ways of doing things, so show what you are made of. It’s so much easier today to get ideas than it was in my day. Ha! I sound old now! 🤣 😂

Embrace all aspects of teacher life

Don’t be fooled to think that teaching is purely lesson plans and classroom management. Help with mundane work, give feedback about the children to the teacher, give feedback to the children, build relationships with them. Be punctual, keen, willing and with a big smile.

There is no doubt that by following the above advice and taking on board these tips you will be the best student teacher anyone ever had! 

🍀 Good luck with your school placement!
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Tips for having a Student Teacher in your Class

Have you got a student teacher in your class this year? Having a student teacher is a great honour, responsibility and opportunity to help out a new generation of educators. It shows that your school trusts you as an educator and believes you are well equipped to pass on your knowledge, to create a new generation of teachers with strong foundations. What a compliment! 

You may be wondering how can you best cater for your student teacher?

Follow these guidelines to head off to a good start. 

Communicate: 
Get to know your student teacher and discuss their needs with respect to their University. Let them know about your daily routines and what is expected of the children. 

Planning:
Student teachers should be part of all planning processes. This helps them to see how it is done and offers opportunities to ask questions. 

Marking:
Talk about the marking and how it’s done in your school. Have her mark alongside you and discuss what needs to be addressed and how. 

Displays: 
Student teachers need to gradually take on board all aspects of a teacher’s role. Being able to display children’s work and create educational displays is important. 

Feedback: 
The teacher should give feedback, both positive and critical. It should be done in an open, non-offensive way, so the student teacher can accept it readily to further improve. 

Lessons: 
All student teachers need to teach lessons. The student teacher should make their own plans and discuss them beforehand with the teacher. The teacher should be present during those lessons to monitor what went well and what could have been done better. 

Share: 
Sharing ideas, thoughts and information is very important. Both can benefit from one another as student teachers tend to think outside the box and can offer fresh ideas in the classroom, whereas teachers will offer the support and structure needed to implement them. 

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The Energy Bus for Kids

The Energy Bus for Kids is an illustrated adaptation for children of the best-selling fable, for adults, by Jon Gordon. It is a story about staying positive and overcoming challenges. Jon Gordon shows children how to overcome negativity, bullies and everyday challenges.  It’s a story that teaches children how to find their inner motivation and pass on that positive energy to others. 

Stavros (age 11) wrote a brilliant book review about this book. He loved it and would love for you all to read it! Read on for Stavros’ book review…

What is the book about? 

The story is about a boy called George who has a lot of things going wrong for him, every day at school. His bus driver, Mrs Joy, teaches him different ways of being positive all the time. She teaches him how not to be bullied and to show love and kindness to everybody. 

Who would you recommend the book to and why? 

I would recommend this to book to all the children in the world. It teaches you how to be a good child and to always think positive. 

What ages and interests is it suitable for?

 It is suitable for all children from the age of 6 years onwards. That’s when they start school and it will teach them what’s right and wrong. 

Rating:  5 Stars

Visit www.EnergyBusKids.com for additional information, free downloads, resources, and to sign up for Jon Gordon’s free Positive Tip newsletter.

You will find great teaching ideas for PSHE and building children’s positive mindset. 

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11 Things That Make Teachers Happy

Sometimes, the demands of teachers’ daily routines can leave them feeling low.  Teachers however are generally easily pleased and it doesn’t take much to put a smile on their face. 

Below are eleven things that will make a teacher happy, any time!

#1 When everything is in its place 

 

#2 Cute stationery

 

#3 Having planned and executed an amazing, knockout lesson 

 

#4 When a staff meeting is cancelled 

 

#5. When pupils take on board suggestions and show improvement

 

#6 Wearing a New killer outfit

#7 Flowers

#8. Being understood

#9 Feeling loved

#10 When pupils do their best 

11. Being up to date with marking

What makes you happy?

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Internet Safety

The internet provides instant knowledge at your fingertips, but together with the abundance of information and opportunities for communication, many dangers lurk in the abyss of online technology. Online safety is without doubt a top priority for both parents and teachers, who allow and expect children to access the internet for their entertainment and education.

Schools have filters to protect children from reaching unwanted sites, and so will many homes, but educating your child on the importance of protecting themselves from the perils of the net, will equip them with the right tools to do so. Keeping their identity safe is paramount and using LifeLock, makers of The Smart Talk below, might be an option parents could consider.

In class, teachers can address the issue by having a class discussion and making them aware of the dangers. This presentation aims to give guidance to such a lesson and is created to help children take clear steps when it comes to being internet-safe. Click on the image below to access it, you will need a google account as its via Google Slides.

It is important for parents and teachers to be on the same page. Parents can also use the presentation to have an open discussion about internet safety and set their ground rules. A great platform for doing just that, is The Smart Talk. It allows for parents and children to discuss about taking the responsibility of becoming an internet user, as well as setting ground rules for the usage of other devices. Once you have a signed agreement, it will be your ground rules by which your child will abide by. An added bonus is that because its creation is a mutual agreement between you and your child mutual it will be more meaningful to them, thus respected.

Going back to parents and teachers being on the same page, encourage your child to take the agreement to school and show their teacher. Maybe it will prompt an internet-based discussion or one about responsible usage of technological devices; whatever the outcome it will most definitely spread awareness of helping your child to be safe as well as managing their internet time effectively and democratically.

Please share to help with internet safety awareness.

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Exercise and Teaching

New academic year, new goals. This year’s aim is on wellness and focusing on not just developing as a professional, but as a person also. You may be wondering, how? Well, the plan is to incorporate fitness into my schedule after school.

Yikes!! Teaching and exercise…do those two truly go together and is it something that is actually feasible to sustain throughout the year? During school time (at least in my school) exercising during the school day is impossible. As an adult, one gets hot, smelly and teaching in that state is not good for anyone. So, unless your school or work environment has showers accessible for you and time allocated for you to be able to freshen up, then I would suggest that it’s best to refrain from doing so.

Unsure on how much I actually should be doing and overwhelmed by my choice of classes that I could get to, in a half-zombie-state, I searched to find the optimum time and type of exercise one should be doing.

On their site, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • 150 mins aerobic exercise per week
  • At least twice weekly muscle-strengthening activities that work out all the major muscle groups

Exercising has many benefits, as we all know. Below are just a few of many

  • Stress of teaching can make sleeping difficult sometimes and it can be hard to switch your brain off. Personally, I don’t have trouble with this, but I do know many people do.
  • It improves sleep, boosts the energy that you need, to take on the physical and cognitive demands of your profession. – It really does
  • Regular physical activity supports the production of new neurons and synapses in your brain helping ideas and managing better. – I love this one! It immediately makes me feel smarter.
  • Better blood flow to the brain. – I could do with that.
  • Increases the growth of blood cells. – I definitely need more of those!

Finding what is right for you is important. Of course I am not a gym specialist and neither do I claim to know it all, I’m just sharing what motivated me to get started. My personal motivation is all the above as well as my supportive partner, who makes me feel guilty when I don’t want to go.

I won’t lie to you, there has not been a single day that I have not literally DRAGGED myself to the gym however, there has not been a single time that I  have been and not felt better for it after. You just need to find a way to get going and those benefits will be so instant that there will be no regrets whatsoever.

Join me for a fitness pact this year to improve our inner and outer selves, inspiring the young generation and influencing others on our way.

Leave a comment below to tell me about your after work regime. I’d love to know what other teachers are doing to keep fit. Hopefully we will be able to motivate each other throughout the year!

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Seven-digit Numbers

Teach children about seven-digit numbers using this Powerpoint I created, trying to follow Kerri Miller’s footsteps, the lesson powerpoint specialist! 🙂

This powerpoint was created to go with the Busy Ant Mathematics Scheme, but it can easily be used on it’s own, that’s the beauty of it. It is suitable for Upper Key Stage 2.

Children can use it as revision on their own and it can be also issued for homework, so teachers please use it as you please! It has a monkey theme, to make children laugh and to keep them engaged.

Click on the preview images below to be taken to it, it can be downloaded for free, or click on the link below:

     

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XHbCqM00GVL47Cq6lpbQ9dbeHe1VarhYN1dhCyEUuaY

Leave a comment below if you liked and used this cheeky monkey Powerpoint in any way, and any thoughts you may have on it. Comments are always appreciated!

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Free Bookmarks: Travel the world

With these cute bookmarks, I aspire to welcome my new batch of kiddies back to school. ‘Travel the world… Read a book!’ is the phrase I have chosen to hopefully inspire and encourage reading, in our new travel themed classroom. I am so excited about these and I can’t wait to share them with you all! ❤

I had a hard time deciding on the image I wanted, so I kept all five ideas! Ha!

You can choose to download one or all of them, like I did. I personalised them, by writing each child’s name, printed and laminated them. I gave them out on the first day of school – I’m so happy the kids LOVED THEM!!! ❤ ❤

You can use them as you wish. Just click on the preview below, to be taken to the file where you can download for free!

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Travel themed bookmarks. Free download – click on preview image!

Please leave a comment below if you liked and downloaded them.

Many thanks! ❤

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Peppi Orfanogianni

I didn’t do my homework folder

In an effort to keep track of late assignments or homework not handed in, I have decided to try something new this year: the ‘I didn’t do my homework folder’.

I came across it on Pinterest, via the blog Teach-Bake-Love and thought it would be a great idea to try out.

This is my twist on it, to fit my to be Travel theme this year:

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This is how it works:

Children write down the date and name of any assignment that has not been completed or handed it in by the due date. They write down their excuse/reason and they will be informed that their parents will be shown this, during the Parent-Teacher meetings. Each child will have a page of their own, to keep better track of who is being responsible and who isn’t. The teacher can then assign a lunch detention if there have been consecutive occurrences of them not handing in something, and keep track of how many times that pupil isn’t completing or turning in an assignment.

I love this idea, as it encourages pupils to take the time to think about their excuse and know that they will also have to justify it to their parents later. It is also a great tracking document to have as proof of inconsistency, which will also help when filling out reports.

If you like this idea, then click on the images below to download it for free! ⬇️

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Front and back covers

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‘I didn’t do my homework folder’ page

Leave your thoughts and comments below. Thanks 🙂

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Peppi Orfanogianni

 

 

About Me Worksheet

Getting to know your kids, what a great way to start the new academic year, and them getting to know you of course! This worksheet hopes to aid the getting to know your kiddies part and allows them to share with you something about themselves that they think is important. It is suitable for Key Stage 2.

First day back to school

First day back to school – ABOUT ME worksheet.

Get this worksheet by clicking on the image below and use it at the beginning of the year. A lesson introduction idea, would be mottos, what are they, do they have any, and introduce them to your mottos.

Some of mine are:
– Everything happens for a reason.
– If it didn’t happen then it didn’t for a good reason.
– If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

About ME - first day back free worksheet

Free download by clicking on the preview

The plenary could be getting the children to read out two of their favourite sections to share with their peers.

Do you have any other ideas? Your comments are always appreciated!

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