Peter de Vries is an expert in the field of parent involvement and is working on a doctoral research on this subject. He previously worked as a teacher in primary and special education. It Education magazine asked him tips for difficult conversations in corona time.
A well-ventilated workplace is important for the health and proper functioning of you and your students. Is that the case in your classroom? Check what you can do in 6 steps.
Experiencing autonomy and professional space are very important for your happiness at work. But how do you stand up for your profession and yourself as a teacher in the hectic pace of the day? Maike Douglas (Miss Maike) describes this in her book 'The Happy Teacher'. Below are five tips. Knowing more? Read also the article about happiness in the Education magazine of October 2021.
De AOb wants teaching staff to have a permanent contract as much as possible. The Social and Economic Council also recommended this to the outgoing cabinet before the summer. Yet there are still many colleagues who have a temporary contract. So what should you pay attention to?
Girls. Ah yes: diligent girls. We know what to do with that in the classroom. But what do we do with those lively, busy and lagging boys? Former teachers Lauk Woltring and Dick van der Wateren published a book about it entitled 'The development of boys in education'.
As a teacher, you prefer not to intervene physically. But in some situations you have to. The question of what you can and cannot do cannot be captured in a protocol. We will give you some tips and handles here. There was also an article about physical intervention in the Education Magazine of October, you read that here back.
Usually it happens out of necessity and not from a pedagogical point of view. Too few students to put together a group 2, not enough children for a group 3. Then together. The combination group 2/3 can cause the teacher a lot of headaches. Because: how do you teach children to read in a class full of playing preschoolers? It can be done and sometimes even has major advantages.
There you are with your diploma in your pocket and in good spirits; for the first time independently in front of the classroom. But a completed training and a dose of enthusiasm are unfortunately no guarantee for a good start. What can help you in those first few weeks?
Cursing, whining and grumbling. Sometimes students behave so badly that you have to punish. However? But how do you actually do that? Make sure you create situations where everyone is satisfied afterwards.
Opinions are divided on punishment. One swears by punitive rules, the other has the premise that a conflict can best be resolved without punishment, because this is experienced as a victory for everyone. In any case, make sure that you punish consistently, so know your own method and stick to your own rules.
How do you keep order in the classroom? Start strict; to be consequent; do not get angry. As a teacher-to-be you are inundated with tips. A few more? Stand firmly with your feet slightly apart, shoulders back, head up. That's how you look like the boss.
You are a starter and so you have to start at the bottom of the salary structure. That's not good. The shortage of teachers is so great that you can get more out of the negotiations. Know your worth and throw it into the fight. Six tips for a better negotiation result.
Headache, tiredness and students who are not learning well. High sound levels and reverberation have a lot of impact. Yet the acoustics of classrooms often receive little attention. “While it is tiring for the teacher to speak loudly and for children, listening to the teacher becomes unpleasant, which is negative for the educational performance,” says Lennard Duijvestijn, owner of the Geluidburo, an engineering firm specialized in noise research in schools, among other places.
Beginning teachers or colleagues with much more experience, almost everyone struggles with the lesson transitions. It is important that as a teacher, as a leader of the group, you feel good about what is happening. Eight tips for better changeover moments from teacher coach Roelie Zijlstra. More information at www.leerkrachtcoach.nl
“It could be looser,” says Ellen Emonds, former teacher of the year and now working as a teacher counselor. He did away with the finger at the time. Because it puts kids on hold. Because it is often the same students who get their turn. And because it provides too little information about the extent to which the instruction has landed with the entire group. Emonds gives seven tips to make the finger less prominent.
The Big Six. For example, the American Institute of Education Sciences mentions a list of instructional methods that are clear that they work, in every subject and for students of all ages. Remarkable: not everyone applies these principles. Most textbooks pay no attention to it at all. The Education Magazine lists the Big Six, including concrete examples. Download the handy infopgrahic with all information via this link.
The collaboration with a duo colleague is sometimes just like a marriage. It's nice to share, but irritations are lurking. It is no longer possible to do without duos in primary education: almost three quarters of the staff work part-time, according to the report Trends and Figures. How do you work well together?
Too busy? To enjoy your work, you have to say 'no' more often. Stand up to the system, to your principal. That is quite complicated. Insight into your hours, the new Law profession teacher and the tips below from Björn Deusings of Tijdwinst.com can help. Also read the article: 'No to your boss is okay' from the Education Magazine of September 2017, which explains how you can stand up to your manager.
Your first job is important. Still, starting teachers often go into business with the first school that offers them a place. Not wise, according to career advisers, because a job that does not suit you can turn you off terribly. Nine tips to help you find a job that will make you happy.
Hey, graduated! Now you can start as a teacher, but how do you get an interesting job? And do you have to be satisfied with the salary offered or do you have something to crumble yourself? “The trick is to stand out. Otherwise you end up at the bottom of the pile. ” And more tips.
Teacher Leonie Verweij taught in the upper classes for ten years and is now a substitute for the Robijn foundation for primary education in Nieuwegein. Together with Elise Luiten, she runs an educational consultancy firm Docenttalent and wrote the book Talent for the classroom. Nine tips to start the school year off right.