1. Plan more than you need
The afternoon really dragged - I was watching the clock intently willing the minutes to go past, purely because halfway through I realised I hadn't planned enough for the children to do and I knew I'd have a lot of time filling (read: wasting) to do.
2. Learn the fire drill procedures
A stale but important point. Luckily I'd been warned yesterday, but we had a fire drill today and there were a lot of little details of things I wouldn't know how to do if I hadn't found out.
3. Don't talk until it's silent
If they think you don't care if they're listening or not, they never will.
4. Ask your TA about good/bad children combinations
Obviously only applicable if a) you have a TA and b) the TA knows the children well. I paired the children together today without knowledge of their relationships and found myself dealing with a few arguments and boisterous duos.
5. Find a book to read them - and be engaging with it!
I'm talking silly voices, actions and pulling faces - the kind of stuff my friends would cringe at. Who knew Year 6s would love being read to just as much as the little ones? It's a great time filler when you have a spare 10 minutes. Also, the type of age-appropriate books you'd be reading (I'm reading Anthony Horowitz to Year 5/6) will most likely contain the type of language you'd like them to use in their writing.
6. Have a list of maths and literacy games in your mind - or on your note board!
Obviously great as starters, but also for those spare few minutes before the bell... If you have any! (Clearly I need to plan more)
7. Don't rely on the laptop - have a back up plan
Sod's law, the laptop decided to freeze this afternoon - and I was relying on it for two activities! I had to think on my feet, but would have been better if I had some alternative things planned (hence the time filling/wasting as mentioned above).
8. Get to know the kids
An obvious one. I ended up having a 10 minute conversation today about Minecraft and a gaming YouTuber. Neither of which I knew anything about (I'm a good blagger). They will soon know that you actually do care about them.
So that's eight lessons learnt in day one! If this carries on, by the end of this term I'll have 112 under my belt! (8 x 14 = 112, right? My brain is frazzled)
I got in at 9pm today - went to my second job straight after school at 6.30! It's now 10pm and I still need to plan. I should probably get off this blog but it's just so cathartic...
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