Careers Day at Parklands Community School

Children attending Parklands Community Primary School in Ellesmere Port had the opportunity to meet a number of different professionals in order to discuss their individual career choices on Thursday the 2nd December. As a foray into the world of work, the children were visited by a range of local employers to give them a taste of what they are capable of and to perhaps inspire them to start looking at potential career choices.

The Importance of Discussing Employment Opportunities

downloadIt can be difficult to decide exactly what you want to do when you get older, so it is essential to instil a sense of importance in young children. They should grow up feeling as if they are capable of achieving great things if they work hard and stay in school. By having these guest speakers share their experiences with the children, it brings them down to a more ‘human’ level, allowing the kids to interact with them and even ask questions on the work required to get into that particular career path.

A Follow up Task

As with any school trip, activity or social visit, it is important to follow up with your class, so the children of Parklands were asked to find out more about what they might like to do in the future. Whether it is applying to be a Supply Teacher, joining the Royal Air Force or going into Veterinary Care, it is important for children to be aware of the work involved in following such a career path. The children were also asked to write and send thank you letters to all the visitors who took time out of their day to visit the school.

Pupils to become Teachers of the Future

As Teachers we have a lot of responsibility on our shoulders to help encourage and teach the next generation about the history and society of our world. By allowing students to express their creativity in a controlled and encouraging environment, we help children to develop key social skills, literacy, numeracy and cognitive thinking that will help them to grow and become working, fully fledged members of society. This includes helping to teach the next generation of primary teachers.
primary-tweacher-pupil-300x192Some government officials are stating that children should be scouted as young as the primary level in order to help prepare them for a future in teaching. This is thought to help combat the predicted teacher shortage that has taken effect over the past few years and may get worse as time goes by.
Chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Charlie Taylor has said that schools should encourage children to start aspiring to become teachers before they enter their teens, in order to ensure that they get the very best teaching opportunities as they grow. Examples include working part time as a ‘Classroom Assistant’ to get a sense of how it feels to be a teacher.
However although this may be a good-intentioned scheme to encourage children to consider teaching as a valid career choice, it is important to take into account each child’s individual preferences. After all, we are here to help children become who they really want to be, not to mould them into what is needed at the time.

Teaching Primary Children Code

As primary support teachers, we endeavour to teach our pupils a range of subjects designed to help give them a general understanding of the world we live in, while helping them to develop their own strengths and give them positive encouragement to continue to learn. Essential subjects include Maths, History and Languages, however Computer Science has taken a back seat in primary learning and it is becoming more important than ever that this is changed in our classes.

code-300x23215 years ago we were on the cusp of a technological revolution.

Information Technology started to creep into our everyday lives and although we as adults began to learn and incorporate IT into our daily routine, it has only garnered interest from younger children in the past few years, with the rise of mobile technology.

In order to ensure the future success of the technological age it is important that we teach young children Computer Science as soon as possible, as it opens up countless new job opportunities when you are Computer literate.

Plus, within Computer Science you will also gain a broader understanding of a number of other subjects including Literacy, Numeracy and the ability to express ourselves creatively.

Children are fast learners and are ready to absorb everything that comes their way. Why not introduce them into a world full of new opportunities with a comprehensive Computer Science course, even if it is just for one hour a week?

UNICEF Walk

uniced-300x199Hundreds of schools across the country took part in a UNICEF campaign which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights were created in order to better protect youngsters and improve a sense of community. Rights include providing what a child essentially needs to survive and grow in order to fulfil their true potential and these rights are given to every child regardless of age, race or gender.

Young pupils at Aberchirder Primary took part in a nationwide celebration of children’s rights by walking through the town on Thursday 20th November and delivering messages to local passersby about what the 1989 UN Convention meant to them and their individual learning. It was a new and exciting opportunity for the children to pass on what they had learnt about the convention as well as expressing their own views as to how things can be improved in the future.

The pupils have been praised for taking an interest into equal rights for all and it is encouraging to see young children taking an active stance in raising awareness for underprivileged children who still struggle all over the world. As teachers, we fully support the idea that every child should have the right to a professional education that helps them to grow as an individual. Why not apply for a substitute teaching position today to make a difference in a child’s life?

Helpful CV Advice

At Redbox Teachers we are always looking for talented teachers and teaching assistants to join our professional teaching team. With a wide range of different schools in need of teaching assistants, supply teachers and full time teachers throughout London and the surrounding areas, having good staff on hand is more important than ever.

When it comes to applying for a job you want, it is crucial to have a good, well written CV that provides all the necessary information in a clear way that is easy for the interviewer to read. A good CV will not span more than one page, although in some cases a two page CV is accepted. When writing a good CV try to remember these three R’s

Relevance!

How relevant is your experience? Depending on the job you are applying for you may have had positions in which you had similar responsibilities. Likewise if you were responsible for any clubs that are relevant to the position you are applying for (for example if you managed an IT club and are applying for the position of an IT teaching assistant), whether for a school or university, this is useful to mention on your CV.

Recency!

How recent is your experience? Try to only document your latest achievements and employments. If there is an extended period of time in which you were not employed, you need to state a good reason for this.

Results!

In a teaching position we are looking for someone who speaks good English and has a good comprehension of English and Maths. Qualifications are a good thing to list although exact grades are not always required.

Below is an example CV template which we believe provides a good indication of what employers look for in a good teaching assistant or supply teacher. Remember to tailor your CV to the position you are applying for, as the experience you have gained may not always be relevant to the job application!

 

Name

Address

Email

Mobile No.

 

Personal Statement

(Write in first person and keep it short and sweet. Try not to use generic words so that you stand out from other people)

Education

(Put your education from most recent to previous, and include the name of your school, qualification and result) E.g.

University of London

(2011 – 2014)

BA Education – 2:1

Professional Work History

(Put your most recent position to your previous; include the name of the organization, the dates you were there and your job title. Put a few bullet points explaining your role and how vital you were to the organization. AWLAYS USE PAST TENSES) E.g.

Primary School

(Sept 2013 – Dec 2013)

Teaching Assistant

  • Assisted the teacher to reach the objectives of the lesson
  • Prepared and guided children when doing activities

 

Voluntary Work

(Voluntary work will make you stand out so if you have done it then make sure you put it on your CV)

Additional Skills/Interests

(Include skills such as IT, software packages, teamwork, creativity etc)

References

(You will need two employer references from your most recent positions)

Teaching Teachers how to create Magic

Teaching a class is a lot like driving. You learn all the theory, you get the practical experience, you pass the tests and then you finally become fully qualified. Only then you start to really learn what it is all about.

magic speakingOften teachers and teaching assistants are so pressured by the theory side of teaching that they forget about the magic of teaching.

Christopher Emdin, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, explains excellently in his inspirational video that teachers don’t realise how to captivate their audience through the use of voice, performance and audience participation.

He encourages teachers to go out into the world and visit places of performance, where people are captivated to their speakers e.g. gospel churches and rap concerts.

These speakers are not trained to educate but they do know how to engage and captivate their audience. This is an essential part of being a teacher. Children find it so much easier to learn when their lessons are engaging and they love it when the teacher appears to be having as much fun teaching the lesson as they do learning it.

At Red Box we always try to encourage our supply teachers and teaching assistants to stay positive and to focus on engaging and exciting content. For a wide range of different teaching opportunities in and around London, why not get in touch?

Safety on the Internet

It can be great to encourage our children to use the computer in order to build on their IT skills as we live in a technology savvy world.  However, it is important to ensure the safety of our children when they browse the internet, especially as they cannot always be supervised by their parent or teacher.

laptop childBeing Aware

Promoting internet awareness in our child is important as it makes them think before they access certain websites. Internet awareness works in very much the same way as Stranger Danger does in the physical world.  Therefore we need to make sure that our children know what is okay on the internet and what they should avoid.

Controls

There are special parental controls and add-ons provided by Google and other companies that will help ensure safe browsing for your children. You can install these and they pretty much work as a filter to remove anything not child appropriate or they prevent your child from accessing these inappropriate sites. However some websites only ask for a date of birth as proof of age, so the system is not unbreakable.

Whether you specialise in teaching IT or in general studies, Red Box Teachers will provides you with new job opportunities that are suited to you.

Into Film Scotland

[redbox] school news blogThe Scotland Educational system has recently launched a new programme which will integrate film into the school curriculum in the bid to use films and film making to improve the quality of learning in schools across the country. They hope to utilise films to better communicate the act of learning to children in a more effective way than simply watching a film based off of a study book, or showing an educational film in place of a lesson.

Into Film Scotland

The programme has been backed by the British Film Institute and Education Scotland amongst other organisations. A part of the scheme will allow schools to set up film clubs where they will be able to access a ‘film library’ similar to Netflix or Hulu where they will have free access to thousands of educating films.

Many children are active learners, so instead of reading about history from a history book, or learning a speech on paper, the visual media provided by modern technology today will allow children to absorb far more information than if they tried to read it.

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Showing Their Support

The chief executive of the programme; Paul Reeve has stated that as the richest of the educational resources it is only natural to use films and film-making as a way to develop essential learning skills, as well as promoting communication and creativity skills.

He hopes it will have the power to inspire a new generation of thinkers. Even actors are backing the project, such as Film star Ewan McGregor.

RedBox Teachers are always looking for enthusiastic and qualified supply teachers and teaching assistants, plus as we help find accommodation for those commuting to London who wish to live nearer to their designated school, we can find the perfect job for you.

Inspirational Quotes

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” –Nora Roberts

Everyone has had dog days when they would rather just pull the covers up and the blinds back down and hide away from the world than get out of bed and embrace life’s challenges. It can be hard when you are faced with frequent negativity, and as teachers every day can be a struggle, particularly when you are trying to reiterate a difficult lesson.

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” –C.S. Lewis

However it is important to remember that the job you are doing is a fantastic one. You are helping to cultivate minds, and that is no mean feat. The mind is the greatest gift we have ever been given, and the imagination can take us to places we have never been before, so don’t shirk it!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Gandhi

We hope that this little collection of inspirational quotes from those who have struggled through and made it to the light at the end of the tunnel will help you who are struggling to make that first step. Take the plunge, don’t give up, your pupils are counting on you!

 

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”– Abraham Lincoln

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Correcting Wrong Answers in a Positive Way

When teaching a class of children, particularly younger children, it is important to steer your students in the right direction while still allowing them to find things out for themselves. When it comes to giving incorrect answers, there are a few ways you can rephrase your response to their answers. This will help to guide them towards the right answer, without discouraging your students from attempting to answer questions in class.

Move onto another person

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If you happen to pick on a student who doesn’t know the answer or who gives an incorrect answer, don’t dwell on them as it can discourage them from offering answers voluntarily. Acknowledge the wrong answer but give encouraging feedback which will minimise embarrassment such as “You’re on the right lines” or “can anyone build on what George has said”.

The aim for encouraging your students to ask and answer questions is not always to get the right answer every time, but instead to build their confidence in asking for help when they don’t understand something. Answering and asking questions is also crucial when building up communication skills, particularly in younger children.

Reward the right answer

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This works well in group question and answer sessions. Don’t ignore wrong answers but instead reward right answers with stickers, possibly a chart reward system or even a word of positive praise. This positive reinforcement will both reward the child who answered correctly, and may encourage other children to step up and attempt to answer another question later on in the discussion.

At Red Box we focus on relationships, whether it be a relationship between a supply teacher or a teaching assistant and the school, or the relationship between the teacher and their students. We can offer a new level of support for qualified primary supply teachers and teaching assistants looking for part time and full time jobs throughout the UK.