Posted on October 27, 2013 at 4:43 pm
Many industries are using newer forms of technology to assist with their daily work and that is the same for jobs in education. Devices such as tablets can be used in schools, and pout of period time mobiles can help teachers with their daily tasks.
Apps are becoming extremely important in terms of new technology, and we’re choosing three of the best education apps that can make a teacher’s life a lot easier. TeacherPal is a free app which is free to use. It allows you to type in attendance of your class, track grades and behaviour. Profiles can be set up for each student, and while it is time consuming to set up for numerous classes, it’s worth it. Important documents from the app can even be stored in your own drop box or directly emailed.
TeacherTool is a more complex grading and classroom management app. Options include attendance, assignments, and grading, events and checklists. Again, documents can be stored to access on numerous devices, or emailed.
Numbers is another app, and it’s ideal for the iPad. Allowing you to maintain and create electronic grade books. Attendance taking is very quick and for those teachers who like to create spreadsheet, it could be the best app out there for you.
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Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm
If you’ve recently decided that you may like to peruse a career in education as a teacher, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many ways to get into teaching, and technically, there is not right or wrong answer.
Firstly there is college where you can get NVQ’S under your belt, giving you the platform to then go to university on an undergraduate course. Alongside studying gaining work experience is sometimes essential and this will have to be off your own back. So gaining a position in a local school can really help you climb the ladder to gain a teaching job.
Previous education can also be important and it can help your chances such as GCSEs, which will need to be above Grade C for mathematics and English, especially between ages 7 and 14. You will also need a GCSE in a science subject.
Teacher training is also important and initial teacher training comes in many but all cover theory and practical sides. After university there is of course the option for further education, and a one year postgraduate course (PGCE), which focuses on your teaching skills rather than the subject you actually want to teach.
There are many different avenues, and levels needed to reach, so make sure you know what is expected before you commit yourself to a career in teaching.
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Posted on October 25, 2013 at 11:37 am
Teaching is not an easy career by any means. Some may see teachers are fortunate, because of the school holidays and time off they receive. This is true in some ways, but there is a lot of marketing and preparation which means they relax a lot less than some may think.
Schools can be very difficult institutions to work in for various reasons:
- There is a diverse range of students, who all have different likes, dislikes and needs, and with over 20 people typically in each class, it can virtually be impossible to teach in a way that suits all of their unique desires.
- School budgets can be tight, especially in the public sector. And there can occasionally be battles between department attempting to spend the money for various activities and equipment.
- With so many different subjects, students and classes, marketing can become an issue, and each student demands the same amount of time and effort. The fact is there are not enough free teaching periods to do this, so there is likely to be more homework for teachers than for students.
There are ways to overcome these difficulties however and it requires dedication, time and effort. Don’t let these put you off a teaching career and if you have a passion for educating, you’ll work to overcome these issues.
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