Use Free Teaching Resources To Improve The Quality Of Teaching In Your School

Inexperienced teachers often find the first year of teaching to be an overwhelming experience. Many newcomers to the profession tell of the long nights of preparation, the failed lessons, the non-participation of the students, and the terrible feelings of inadequacy that follow.

School leaders generally understand the adjustment to the reality of the teaching profession which is needed. Inexperienced teachers have to cope with discipline, teaching, assessment and huge administrative loads. A sensible school head will do all in his or her power to prevent the new teacher from suffering burn-out.

New teachers expend much of their time and energy looking for resources. School managers need to help new teachers to access resources to cut on preparation time.

There are wonderful websites for new and experienced teachers alike on the Internet, where one can download free teaching resources such as worksheets, assessment and homework tasks, guided assignment topics, assessment rubrics, award certificates and graphics. There is even a clip art website designated for teachers. Principals should alert their staff to the resources available.

Professionally presented handouts are just one end product which could affect a teacher’s evaluation with respect to the standard of his or her work. Principals are aware of the fact that because children take their books home for their parents to sign, these books become a means whereby the parent can judge the standard or quality of education offered by the school. Quality teachers usually produce quality work which in turn leads to improved student performance, another measure of the standard of education offered y the school concerned.

Schools Claiming ‘He’s Too Damaged to Manage’ – Can’t Excuse Poor Behaviour Management!

Adults must get the message that they should be in the driving seat where children’s behaviour is concerned. Children behave badly when they are allowed to behave that way due to adults not managing behaviour effectively or competently.

Schools don’t intentionally allow bad behaviour to happen or get worse. But, unless teachers take effective action there is no doubt that the situation will worsen. Children’s behaviour will become more demanding and challenging and in some cases the behaviour becomes extreme and finally, unmanageable.

Children’s behaviour frequently becomes so extreme that schools can no longer manage. Teachers may feel they’ve used effective behaviour management strategies and the strategies have failed. But, if they had used the strategies this dire situation wouldn’t have arisen! The teachers simply haven’t known what to do. By not managing the child properly the matter has descended to the point where the child can’t be contained in school, even with extra adult support.

Schools sometimes say, with some pride, that they’ve managed to keep a child in the school in spite of their worsening behaviour. But, all they’ve done is contain the problem. They haven’t changed the child’s behaviour patterns. However, it’s change that’s needed so the child can grow up with the emotional maturity to cope in an adolescent/adult environment.

At this point, where things have gone so disastrously wrong, what do schools and teachers say?

This is the cue to reach for the list of excuses offered when schools are faced with the ‘we can’t cope any more’ problem.

These excuses are common to those having trouble dealing with children’s behaviour problems — there are dozens. They’re all well used and practised… And guess what? They blame the child or some other adult or agency involved with the child and their family.

It’s extremely rare for adults to look at their own behaviour when faced with difficulties in managing children’s behaviour. They just don’t think that way…

What’s the worst excuse in my mind? Well one of the worst…

It’s adults who claim, ‘He’s so damaged’… As though he’s (sorry, it’s usually a ‘he’) a chipped plate… Or a plate that’s been dropped on the floor and smashed into pieces…

Oh, of course, this ‘damage’ has always been inflicted by the other adults or agencies who’ve been involved.

A child who is allowed to behave badly, particularly over a long period of time, without adults addressing the situation, is being emotionally damaged and will become even more emotionally damaged unless the behaviour problems are addressed. The longer the behaviour is allowed to continue the more emotional damage will be suffered. So much emotional damage is caused by adults allowing children to behave badly, but even more is caused by adults throwing up their arms in despair, saying that nothing can be done to change the situation.

Parents, teachers and schools faced with children starting to behave badly are responsible for addressing the behaviour and managing it effectively.

Does that seem tough? Maybe it is. But blaming others and claiming a child is ‘damaged’ can’t excuse adults from dealing with children’s problem behaviour.

There’s no doubt that children enter school with a vast ranges of backgrounds and previous experiences — some dreadful. Nobody would wish their backgrounds on anyone. Frequently, schools claim these previous experiences lead to children’s bad behaviour. But, it’s these very troubled children who need adults to control and manage their behaviour more than other children who have more fortunate backgrounds.

You can learn to manage children’s behaviour – anyone can. Just follow some common sense behaviour management strategies consistently and you’ll get good results pretty quickly. Adults, whether teachers or parents, have a duty to guide and manage children’s behaviour.

How to Raise Funds for Your School by Organizing a Holiday Vendor Fair

While running the school, your main concern has always been raising funds. In this article, you will get an idea on how you can raise a bit extra money for your school by organizing a holiday vendor fair. These days more people are getting into home-based trade and selling. You can arrange a fair, based only on these types of home-based initiatives and can invite parents, teachers and member of the community to shop for their holidays.

Here are few tips to make your holiday vendor fair an event to remember for a long time:

Plan Ahead. Fix a Date and Location for Your Event

Talk to your school administrator regarding booking of the venue for the fair. You should start planning your holiday vendor fair from mid-November to first week of December, so that you can allow your visitors some pre-holiday shopping. If you plan during this time, you also allow your visitors to shop for some other holidays, such as Hanukkah. You need to decide on the number of vendors you need to have and then find out where you can accommodate them.

Solicit Vendors

You need to reach out to the vendors in order to make them participate in your school fair. You have to find out what type of vendors you want to host in your school event. The parameter will be set based on the fact that the event is a school event. Thus, you cannot host all types of vendors. Again, you need to think whether you would allow more vendors to sell similar products or whether you are going to take care of the furniture and decorations they will need to open their shop or they will bring their own. And finally, how do they book shops? You can make it first-come, first-served or by contact or brand popularity.

Collect Money from Your Vendors in Advance

The standard practice is to ask for payment while booking shop. You need to make sure that you set a reasonable price for your shops. The rental of your shops depends on few aspects like how many visitors are expected, how spacious are the shops etc. The rental can range from $15 to $55 to be justified; you at least need to cover up your expenses for arranging the fair. But at the same time you need to decide on a low rent for the vendors to show up. You can use online event registration and ticketing tools for this purpose; this is easy to use and most secured.

Ask your Vendors to Contribute Items for a Raffle

You can also ask your vendors to donate items for a raffle. You can sell raffle tickets to your visitors in advance or on the very night of the event. Then you can distribute those items to winning ticket holders. That would be lot of fun and excitement and a nice way to raise funds for your school.

Advertise your Event

Finally, you have decided on who your vendors are and they have made a commitment; now you get all notified about the fair you are going to organize. Send a notification to the local news papers; invite other schools in your locality or your constituency. You need to set a reminder about sending reminders to the parents a few days before the event. Also remember to place a notice in the school magazine or newspaper. Moreover, the best way to get noticed will be publishing your event onto school website with all information that one might require. Online event management tools offer easy way to publish and promote any type of event using email marketing and social media.

Ensure Plenty of Volunteers

You can recruit students as volunteers, as they are much required to manage on-site checking, including electric cords lying around or help out vendors and visitors when they are in need. Volunteers should continuously be watchful of the fair premises and be cautious so that no mishaps take place and everything is under control. To help build goodwill of your school, you can offer complimentary refreshments to all vendors throughout the event. Volunteers can play background music that goes well with the holiday mood. Volunteers can also set a snack counter and earn extra buck for the school. If you are using online event management software along with taking care of the whole event, registration and payment, you can get bar-coded name badges for all the vendors to give your event a professional edge. 

The overall experience of your event should be good so that you can welcome more guests and vendors for your next event. There are so many online event management and registration tools, using which you can ensure high customer satisfaction and can even send post-event surveys to know their opinion. This way, you can make sure what to do and what not to do in your next event. After all, your aim of raising fund for your school depends on if your visitor liked your event…right?