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by Danielle (subscribe)
I am a primary school teacher that is very passionate about the arts and creativity. I enjoy writing about different events to show how people can make the most out of their life.
Published October 30th 2012
Are you training to be a teacher, but finding the role extremely hard and think you are just not cut out to do this job? I want you to take a deep breath, and step back from the situation.

Firstly, what does a teacher do?

A teacher is expected to demonstrate a sound, basic knowledge of all the subjects in the curriculum for key stages 1 and 2. However they also should try and facilitate the learning of every individual child within their classroom and establish a very unique relationship with each single child. School teachers should also try and adopt a productive and safe working environment that fosters the appropriate skills that will help children to meet their optimum level. Furthermore they must take into account the age, ability and aptitude of the child as well as their home environment. They assess and record progress and prepare pupils for examinations. They link pupils' knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further, and challenge and inspire pupils to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.

A teacher can never leave their work holey at the front gates. They must take the children's work books home, plan for the next lesson and analyse each child to see how they could assist that children in their develop at school.

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So yes, teaching is extremely difficult and you will feel that it is getting a bit too stressful at times. As a trainee teacher myself, I have found that going on training days to help improve particular elements of your teaching can be a huge bonus. Recently I went to York to go on a training day to improve my planning and assessment skills within the classroom. This course really helped me to not only to improve my planning skills, but also behaviour management skills, creativity skills and also gave me the chance to talk to other teachers about their experiences, which gave me the sense that I want not alone.

I did my training course through ATL, which is an education union that helps to support you as a teacher with insurance, training etc. There are many other unions, but this was the particular one where I found these training courses. Here is a link to the website www.atl.org.uk

Here is a list of some local training courses:
AUTUMN 2012
Effective leadership - 08 October - 12 November, Online
Classroom assessment - structured, formative, negotiated -11 October, Manchester
•Taking care of behaviour -15 October, Online
•Stop teaching me when I am trying to learn -17 October, Bristol
•Managing extreme behaviour -18 October, Birmingham
•Playing to learn -08 November, London
•Taking care of behaviour -15 November, London
•Practical solutions for dyslexia in secondary and FE -22 November, Bristol
•Preparing for retirement - 01 December, York
•Differentiation: practical tools -13 December, York

And many more.
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