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Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Sleep Training: A Short Guide

Everyone has their own opinions and ideas when it comes to raising children and especially when it comes to helping children learn to sleep. That there is the key word: learn. Children learn to feed themselves, learn to toilet themselves and sleeping is another thing that they have to learn to do and be taught how. Up to a certain age, parents are the ones in charge but eventually those little babies have to learn to put themselves to sleep. Being a slave to the baby monitor is not the way to embrace or embark on parenthood. Don’t get us wrong, babies are cute and small and they make our 3hearts clench with the enormity of the importance of the little life just created. Once your new born baby has arrived you are then in a situation – if you are extremely unlucky – of being woken every 2-4 hours a night for an absolute minimum of six months. You are busy being focused on what’s best for your baby and sleepless nights seem a small price to pay for that focus. By week six however, getting up every two hours to nurse the baby gets really old, really fast. The trouble is if you’re breastfeeding you could be trying to establish a feed supply and that is a hindrance to your beauty sleep. You could be very lucky and have a baby who sleeps right through the night save for a feed or two but for the normal baby, that doesn’t happen. Only in fairy tales does that happen!

Many babies get their days and nights mixed up, napping for long periods in the afternoon and waking up to play at bedtime. Sleep training is all about getting your little one to sleep and there are companies out there like hatacademy.co.uk that offer actual sleep training courses. What I will say though, is that you can read every book and take every course out there, but that doesn’t mean there is a magic cure. Our babies are born without instruction manuals and rule books and what works for one baby will not work at all for another baby.

There is a reason there is a magic time of six months of age. This is that a baby is actually supposed to wake up. Their stomachs are tiny for a start so regular feeding is the only way they will grow; they don’t stay full for as long as an adult does. When babies are born they have emerged from a warm, dark safe place in a small space to a world that is loud, bright, cold and absolutely huge. That is scary! It’s like being stuck inside with a broken leg for weeks and being allowed outside; you’re disoriented and may feel overwhelmed and seeing as babies can only communicate by crying, that is exactly what they do. All they want is to be held those first few months and the development that they go through during those months is huge.

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Boosting Your Energy During The School Year: A Guide

Every teacher, no matter their age or experience level, is worn out by the end of the school year. The physical, emotional and mental efforts that go into teaching tend to take their toll in one way or another. The summer holidays, while great in terms of their length of six weeks, are not a magic cure. Trouble is, when you feel like you are drowning as a teacher it is so hard to know where to start when it comes to taking care of yourself. It may seem like something really obvious but you can’t expect your body and mind to keep up with the pace of a teaching job if you don’t sometimes let your foot off the pedal. Everything from playground duty, breaking up fights, managing friendships, nine hour days, staff meetings and getting to know colleagues can really take its toll on you. Most teachers forget to nourish themselves properly during the school day and ensure they have an actual lunch.

Taking the time during the day to have an actual break and look after yourself is paramount and when you are hunting for science teacher jobs you should make sure that while you are meticulously planning your lessons, you meticulously plan time for yourself. Nutrition is important to keep functioning during the long day and you should drink as much water as you can so that when you’re on your feet talking all day you are still refreshed and energised. It will also encourage your pupils to stay hydrated. Taking the time to exercise isn’t just important for your physical wellbeing but it is well documented that the effect of exercise mentally and emotionally can really help. Even if you’re falling off your feet tired taking half an hour a day for exercise can mitigate stress as can spending time with family and friends and relaxing at the end of the long days you inevitably will have as a teacher.

The trap many teachers fall into during the school year is thinking that they are second to their job. They are not. Good teachers are happy and fulfilled people and stressed overworked teachers tend not to be. You owe it to yourself, your colleagues and your pupils to work on your own wellbeing throughout the year as best you can and ensure that you can be the best person you are. There is still time during those summer holidays where those working in maths teacher jobs and other subjects have to plan lessons for the new term and prepare outlines and classrooms. The one thing you do have time for in those six weeks though, is sleep. Catching up on your own wellbeing as a teacher is just as important as looking after the children in your care. Teaching is a high stress vocation and while it has its rewards its pitfalls are easy to sink into if you aren’t careful. Enjoy your job but don’t become consumed by it.

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Managing Behaviour in the Classroom

Behaviour management is one of the toughest parts of a teacher’s day and dealing with these difficulties is something that has to be learned. Difficult situations arise because you’re not just stood teaching a lesson, you’re also managing the relationships within the classroom.

Teachers go through a lot of training when it comes to classroom management alongside their training in their specified subject. When you first come into a classroom as the teacher your first impression is paramount on those children. While you don’t want to barrel in like an ogre you do want to project a confidence that says you’re not the sort of teacher to be walked over. Using praise in the classroom to uphold your expectations, successfully dealing with difficult situations and remove classroom disruptions are all things that need management so as to remove the impact on learning. Children who are going through puberty are hotbeds of hormones and drama and relationships in the classroom, especially friendships within cliques can really impact the learning of a child. Teacher jobs are a juggling act as not only are you trying to teach the lessons you’ve planned but you’ve got to create the right atmosphere for learning peacefully.

When you are looking for English teacher jobs UK you have to remember to place yourself in a school that suits your skills as a teacher and as a person. Make sure the rules you set for your classroom are upheld at all times and ensuring these rules are the classroom norm will set up your pupils to understand what you expect of them. A great way to establish and strengthen the norms is to use praise. Praising a pupil can lead to them understanding what they are doing is good, repeating that behaviour is smart and that in turn makes them feel good about themselves. Pupils being praised helps their self-esteem and helps them to understand actions have consequences. Good actions derive good consequences.

Difficult situations and conflict are bound to arise in the classroom even in primary teacher jobs. Friendships between children are so important in their world and as a teacher your job is to diffuse difficult situations and help children to resolve them between themselves. Sanctions for children should be issued and escalated calmly and sometimes discipline can exacerbate a situation if done in the heat of the moment or done too harshly. Children are people with emotions just like adults and helping them to manage them and handle them constructively is everything that will help them learn from their actions. You always find low-level disruption in any classroom and eliminating that disruption will ensure your pupils who are actually behaving aren’t losing time in their education. There should be consequences set at the start of term so the children in your charge know the consequences to their actions if they are unsavoury and sticking to those consequences will really stamp home you aren’t the type of teacher to ‘get round’.

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