Secondary Thinking about becoming a teacher

Big Cox 88

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Any tips on starting the new year with year 7s? Or just teaching them in general?
I've pretty much only ever taught year 10 upwards, but this year I have a bunch of Year 7 classes.
Any input would be appreciated!
They will be frustrating because they are so needy and require constant recognition and praise. Don't just expect them to know how to note take and organise their file/books. They are fun and normally still love school and learning so be enthusiastic.
 

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I work in a year 7 to 9 school, working with year 7s is great. Many will be apprehensive at the beginning, really just trying to find their feet in a new environment. Agree that you should be enthusiastic and work hard at building relationships. I've found if you build strong relationships in year 7, students will really respond to you for the remainder of their high school years.
 

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They will be frustrating because they are so needy and require constant recognition and praise. Don't just expect them to know how to note take and organise their file/books. They are fun and normally still love school and learning so be enthusiastic.
Yeah this, very much so this.

FWIW im an aide, not a teacher and i've worked with Year 7s twice (funnily enough moving back up to Year 10 this year)- they are extremely needy (which shits me sometimes- i really try and not "baby" them tbh) but they can be alot of fun as well.

Enjoy the peace and quiet too while it lasts. They are dead silent the first couple weeks its great :)
 

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I think that might have been part of my problem - I had a year 7 and a year 8 class, and took them from term 4 onwards. If I had to be transferred again, I wouldn't want it to start at term 4 - you only get a small amount of time to build a rapport. Term 1, plenty of time.

I'd say, be patient and maybe use some year 6 classroom management for a few weeks. If their feeder schools have sent notes on, as some do with particularly troublesome students, read some of those. See what works.
 

Jack Richards

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I will begin this year as a Learning Specialist at a special education school (coming from mainstream).

Will be a big learning curve but will be out of the classroom which is different.
 

Jack Richards

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I could be completely wrong, but I think your school could be pulling a bit of a shifty.

We've been lead to believe that a component needs to be as a class teacher.
I asked the prin about this and she said she doesn't want any of her leadership (including Learning Specialist) to have a classroom load.

I'm not complaining as I would be happy either way.
 

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I asked the prin about this and she said she doesn't want any of her leadership (including Learning Specialist) to have a classroom load.

I'm not complaining as I would be happy either way.
My current prin believes all leadership should have a teaching load (including herself) and I'm a fan.
 

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My current prin believes all leadership should have a teaching load (including herself) and I'm a fan.
I think that's great. I genuinely will miss that side (being in the classroom and building that relationship with the students). Having leadership in the classroom and doing a classroom load also shows how how you care about the workload of your staff and want to lead by example. Not to mention keeping your skill set and knowledge relevant.
 

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I asked the prin about this and she said she doesn't want any of her leadership (including Learning Specialist) to have a classroom load.

I'm not complaining as I would be happy either way.
Fair enough. Must be bending the interpretation of the position description. If it works good luck to her.
 

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