James Stubbs

How’s it going with learning all those names?!  If you’re in a single-sex school it’s even harder – 10 Jessicas in one room?!  How on earth do you distinguish between them all?  Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Tent cards  Bit of  an obvious one this one, but here goes anyway: A4 paper folded so it’s long and thin, pupils write their names on them and stand them on their desks.  Resist the temptation to smack the ones who write so small only they can read it.  I’ve never used this, incidentally, as I always suspected they’d swap name cards and I wouldn’t know, and once I make mistakes with names, that’s it for the rest of the year.  It also doesn’t make my memory work very hard.  So, some alternatives:
  • Seating Plan  You must have this anyway.  Keep it somewhere where you can see it when…

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Phew! End of the 1st week! Well done NQTs everywhere!

James Stubbs

Things you need to find out today:

  • Homework  How is homework to be marked?  And how is that marking to be recorded?  One of the things that you will be assessed on as part of your NQT programme is that you keep proper records and that you can use that assessment information in your planning and teaching.  You will also need this information for parents’ evenings and for writing reports. It will also help you to keep an accurate picture of what each pupil can do – it’s amazing how skewed our perception of them can become without something concrete to base it on with so many new pupils to get to know.  You probably don’t have to “level” every piece of work, but check.
  • Assessment activities If you haven’t been told already, or it’s not clear in your scheme of work, make sure you know where your current unit…

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