New Staff – Session 1
Some ideas & resources to take into the classroom…
John Smith (JAS)
Head of Maths
Aims of these sessions:
practical resources and advice
opportunity for questions
support and supplement mentoring sessions
Fruit Machine Name Generator (link here )… who will be Plenary Prefect?
Idea courtesy of www.cheneyagilitytoolkit.blogspot.co.uk
Is there a house style?
Take risks, be flexible, have high expectations
Grading Learning Gains
Satisfactory (RI) Loose Tight The activities
Good Tight Tight The lesson plan
Outstanding Tight Loose The learner
• Over-planning v Under-planning…
Get the balance right, ask mentor what is expected
Everyday Planning v Planning for Observation (and therefore evidence for your file!)
• The 5 Minute Lesson Plan via @teachertoolkit
to keep in mind throughout the year…
Keep a track of progress with each class
(for future medium term planning)
Check-in with your mentor
(it is what they are there for!)
(a different beast – ask senior colleagues for advice)
Use of homework
(mix it up, but always keep a record)
Be a magpie…
Steal and adapt the advice, ideas and teaching styles.
You are not alone! this group, TES, twitter, blogs, …
• Chris Hildrew a-letter-to-my-nqt-self/
Surround yourself with radiators
John Tomsett talks about ‘sunshine’: “people who like children and have the deep-
rooted commitment to doing all they can to provide them with the best education
possible. You know, radiators rather than drains.” These people will enrich your
career, your teaching, and your life. You will meet some drains too, of course, but
don’t get sucked in.
• Tom Sherrington 12-steps-to-a-great-teacher-reputation/
…each teacher has a great deal of control over the reputation they great
generate; OfSTED will come and go; exam results will go up and down… but your
reputation as a great teacher can grow and grow. It’s really up to you.
Top Ten Tips via TES
• 1. Pupils will try to test where the boundaries are. Set clear boundaries and make sure you follow all your rules.
• 2. Try to meet people in other departments.
• 3. It's OK to ask for help.
• 4. Keep a copy of the department timetable handy so you know who is free if you need extra support with something.
• 5. Be willing to try new methods.
6. If you have a tutor group try to detach your role as a teacher from the role as a tutor.
• 7. Start to build a folder of all the worksheets and lessons you've done. This will become a really useful base when it comes to planning in the
• 8. Share your ideas with your department. If you show that you are willing to share they're more likely to share with you.
• 9. Remember that some battles you won’t win. It isn’t always you!
• 10. Don’t reinvent the wheel. If there is a worksheet already then use but adapt it to your lesson. Don't waste your time rewriting the whole sheet.
• Tom Dean is a mathematics teacher at Edgbarrow School, an 11-18 comprehensive in Berkshire. He is currently approaching the end of his NQT year
and will be starting his second year of teaching in September 2013.