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Early Days

Part of the series Primary NQTs

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Follow newly qualified teachers Tara and Rosie as they embark on the first week of their induction year in teaching. Both have opted to teach at inner-city schools in London, a major change from their previous teaching practice and a factor that is certain to bring new challenges.

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Both from very different backgrounds, each of the NQTs has a different approach to teaching, but they both agree that preparation and behaviour management are crucial at this early stage. Will their individual approaches to preparation and teaching get them off to the right start?

The headteacher at Tara's school is Pam Marley. "NQTs have a big learning curve," she says. "They have to learn all their general classroom skills, you're working in someone else's environment and suddenly this room is yours to organise how you want it. There are other things like having a classroom assistant; no one teaches you how to manage another adult."

The programme looks at:

  • Coming into school before term starts to prepare the classroom
  • Balancing the need to manage behaviour and the desire for popularity
  • Dealing with pre-term nerves



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    • A reminder
      29 November 2009 - 22:53

      After watching the video, I was reminded of my first year as a teacher. Everything was overwhelming! Now, as I am studying to be an administrator I see what the girls are going through, but viewing it through a different lense. I am reminded how much time and effort it takes to be a first year teacher. As administrators, we need to pay close attention to our young educators and provide them the necessary support.

      As stated in the video, behavior management is probably the biggest key to the success or failure of beginning teachers. No doubt, most teachers have the knowledge necessary to be teachers. What sets them apart is the behavior management so the students can learn without the behaviors getting in the way. I believe a critical step all administrators must take for first year teachers is matching them up with a veteran teacher who has perfected the behavior management skills. Modeling by the veteran will help to ensure success for the new teacher. Administrators must allow the new teacher the time to observe teacher management skills in the veteran's classroom. Likewise the administrator must free up time for the veteran to observe the new teacher's classroom. This time spent networking between the teachers is vital for success. The leaders of the school are just as responsible for the success of the teacher as the teacher is for her own success. We can't expect a new teacher to manage 26 kids without having a few issues.

      Teaching is not easy. Managing kids is not easy. These are learned skills that can be introduced in college, but not perfected until in the actual classroom. Administrators must remember that new teachers will take a little more time and effort, but one day they will evolve into the veteran.