Back to school guide for teachers
With the school holidays coming to an end, teachers must gear themselves up for a term of new students, classrooms, curriculum and fun!
Whether this is your first teaching job, or you’ve been a teacher for many years, this guide will give you some digital learning tips you can introduce to the new school term.
Join forces with parents
Build a communication hub with parents from the initial meet. Make them feel involved and in the constant loop. It will be some students first day at school, so parents will appreciate a drive/cloud to be kept updated. Alternatively, create an app which parents can download and get access to all appropriate information regarding their child.
Some students will be joining their new school, and some may be just going up a year within the same school. Having a new seating plan for all students is a great way to help interaction between them all and ensure the ice has been broken.
Create an online classroom bulletin displaying students exceptional work, key dates for coursework, exams and trips. Also, voluntary work or after school clubs depending on the age of your students.
Online instance results and feedback
Introduce an online system where students can get their results and gain feedback from their teachers. They can then share this with their parents and review their results – good or bad.
Keep the attitude in the classroom positive from day one. Understandably it is difficult to always keep smiling, but it will have a great impact on your students. It will ensure to keep morale and energy high within the classroom.
Mixture of activities
When setting tasks in the classroom vary the activities. Use online quizzes, videos and puzzles. Also, presenting to the class using PowerPoint and using VR can keep the classroom fun, yet educational. Varying the activities gives you the opportunity to find out what your students prefer, learning abilities and interest.
Protect devices with insurance
In the excitement of the new school term, all students using digital devices may want to insure their devices. Find out more here about our school device insurance.
Students take charge
To keep morale high, let students take charge of the classroom once a week. Set a task where they recap on the topic studied within that week or two. Using their digital devices they can create presentations, which they can later present to the classroom. It is a great way to build confidence, ensure understanding and interaction.
1:1 meetings with students
Arrange 1:1 meetings with your students within the first and second week of the term. Gives you and the student the opportunity to get to know each other, understand their concerns, abilities etc.
Good luck to all teachers for the 2019/20 academic year!