So, Monday morning looms and another term begins. For everyone stepping back into a classroom this week, chin up, don’t work too hard, and remember, it’s just a job. For those new to the profession – or simply looking for a bit of refresher – I wrote a series of back of school posts a few years ago and, having reviewed them, am still happy they represent a pretty solid approach to teaching. Here they are:

  1. Routines
  2. Relationships
  3. Literacy
  4. Planning
  5. Marking

Here too are a series of ‘Five Things” posts that will, I believe, be useful for all teachers:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Behaviour management
  4. Principles for effective teaching

I hope these are of some help, but, as with all advice, feel free to take what you think’s useful and reject the rest. Remember, you’re the adult: what children say they want isn’t necessarily the same as what they need.

Best of luck for the year ahead!