5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool

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5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool.

If you have worked in a school for anything more than five minutes you will have heard teachers raising their voices for all sorts of reasons. In fact you might be unlucky enough to hear the odd scream or howl coming from some stressed classroom teacher.

In my whole teaching career, I have raised my voice occasionally but only ever shouted once. I recall still today, that after I shouted, physically I was shaking and did not feel in control. We don’t want to get into those situations. Continue reading “5 Tips for Using your Voice as an effective Behaviour Management tool”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript

Reflect

I always find it useful to review some study or notes I have taken a day or so after the event. It has two primary purposes: firstly to anchor the subject matter into my longer term memory, making it more likely that I will retain the knowledge, and secondly to maintain enthusiasm for taking some appropriate action. Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher: Postscript”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 3 of 3

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 3 of 3

In this final post in our three part series, we will conclude with three pieces of advice that you can start implementing today, whilst you take a little more time to develop and practice my previous advice on having a system to get organised, and working with others, as you become more efficient and effective with your time. So, without further elaboration, here they are… Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 3 of 3”

Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle – 25th July

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Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle

Companion of Our Lord

Among the twelve, three were chosen as the familiar companions of our blessed Lord, and of these James was one. He alone, with Peter and John, was admitted to the house of Jairus when the dead maiden was raised to life. They alone were taken up to the high mountain apart, and saw the face of Jesus shining as the sun, and His garments white as snow; and these three alone witnessed the fearful agony in Gethsemane. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St. James, Apostle – 25th July”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 2 of 3

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 2 of 3

 

We saw in the previous post of this mini-series that having and working a system, is a key tool in becoming a more organised teacher. But that’s not enough; in the hectic life of a teacher, demands on your time are ever present, so you need to develop a few skills in managing how to defend your precious time. So here goes… Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher – Part 2 of 3”

10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher (in 3 parts)

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10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher

Part 1 of 3

One of the things we all could have more of as teachers is more time to get things done. It seems that there is always something or someone demanding our time when we just don’t have enough to share around. In fact, often as teachers we have piles of actionable items building up that we are responsible for on top of our core teaching duties.

Some of these might include organising excursions or camps, marking essays or exams, attending meetings, planning a new unit of work, collaborating on some project within your school site. Whatever it is, there is one thing that is clear: God is not going to increase the hours in the day to meet your work schedule. Continue reading “10 Top Tips for Becoming an Organised Teacher (in 3 parts)”

Saint of the Day: St Jerome Emiliani – 20th July

St Jerome Emiliani

Saint of the Day: St Jerome Emiliani

Educator of Youth

Biography

JEROME EMILIANI was a member of one of the patrician families of Venice, and, like many other Saints, in early life a soldier. He was appointed governor of a fortress among the mountains of Treviso, and whilst bravely defending his post, was made prisoner by the enemy. In the misery of his dungeon he invoked the great Mother of God, and promised, if she would set him free, to lead a new and a better life. Continue reading “Saint of the Day: St Jerome Emiliani – 20th July”

A simple dress code for Teachers

A simple dress code for Teachers

In a previous role, I had the job of visiting principals and teachers in different schools. This gave me an insight, across a wide geographical area, into how teachers dress at work. I think I have seen every imaginable outfit and every imaginable blend of colour that I think is possible.

As teachers generally don’t wear a standard uniform, their working outfits are often their own choice. Regardless of what one wears, teachers should always remember that the clothes they wear should reflect the job they do and the status of that job. Ask any teacher if they want to be treated as a professional and they will answer in the affirmative.

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Smart Catholic Teacher

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Smart Catholic Teacher

Becoming a smart teacher involves much more than just turning up for the job, right? In schools and colleges there are always those teachers who stand out from the crowd.

It may be something in the way they dress, the way they interact with their colleagues, the results they get with their students, how organised they seem, how knowledgeable they are, how enthusiastic they look or how positive they always seem to be.

No matter what it is that makes them stand head and shoulders above their peers, you can be absolutely sure that they haven’t winged it: behind that teacher is a whole load of hard work, professional learning, trial and error, highs and lows, and lots and of lots of hours getting it right.

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