Alphabet and Number Charts

When it comes to resources and cut little flashcards I don’t know any EYFS who doesn’t love collecting and making them! writing on a whiteboard can be equally as satisfying, so I hope some other practitioners understand the uncontrollable joy I had finding these tabletop pocket charts complete with a whiteboard, pen and 78 flashcards.

I love TK Maxx and their children’s range can be really good. I spotted this alpabet chart for £3.99. I quickly grabbed it and scurried away to a corner of the shop like a squirrel with a nut.

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It’s the perfect size for a table or display and the changeable cards are clear, simple and I personally like that the font uses a normal ‘a’. There are so many activities to be done on this and its going to be a staple for small group work and one to one sessions.

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After finding the bargain in the shop, I searched for it on eBay and found the number one for £8 and free delivery. Still not a bad price for what this is!

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The teacher culture needs to change!

Trainee teachers across the UK are trying to build a career for themselves in what I would assume is a passion of theirs, to teach students of all ages and help make a difference to the younger generations lives. It is a tough a stressful time to be entering a profession within education – it isn’t just teaching roles that are suffering from the changes and pressures from authorities!

Continuously when I visit schools or talk to other teachers I am met with the following statements and I can’t help but feel annoyed that some teachers are so negative towards new starters.

“Are you crazy? You must mad to want to teach!” yes it is a full on whirlwind job but that doesn’t mean we are abnormal or deluded for wanting to invest our time into the profession. Having others try and bring us down before we have even started almost sets us up to fail and can lead us to real questioning about our personalities!

“Teaching takes over your life” we know it isn’t a bog standard 9-5 job and your work is never really finished, but you can adapt a better work/home balance and become more organised with your time. For starters moaning and defending how hard teachers work and procrastinating on Facebook every evening will not help now will it! Setting a few evenings a week and at least one day at the weekend to say no to work is fine. It is all about priorities and making the best of your time.

“The holidays are the best bit, but we deserve them really” Apparently many teachers love their job but surely if you countdown the days until you aren’t with the children you can’t love it that much?! Holidays are a privilege and for some the work won’t stop as unfortunately teaching salaries do not match up to the cost of living – especially if you are a lone renter.

“It doesn’t get any easier” sure the demands never drop but actually if you look back to your first days in a classroom you would realise how far you have come and how much comes naturally to you in the classroom now! Think about how far you have come before you shoot your abilities down.

“we aren’t paid enough” and don’t get me started on the subject of pensions! It must be hard to be in the profession and have so many financial changes and freezes to pay. But as newbies entering the profession we are aware of what is happening and we know our work will not be rewarded in pounds. You decide where you work and what will pay your bills. We can’t have the best career satisfaction, money and the school holidays you just make the most of what you have and know you are doing a good thing with your life.

I may be alone in this but when teachers all count down to the holidays and try to put others off of their career choices I can’t help but wonder if they are right for the all rounded profession or if they should continue teaching purely for the sake of their own happiness. I know I will be worked hard, tired and exhausted and put under a lot of pressure but I am also going make sure I make it worthwhile and set aside time for myself to keep myself as humane as possible and not loose sight of the other professionals who work just as hard – if not harder than teachers.

Of course I may be a little naive but only time will tell!!!!

Hello Reception!

My new placement school is fairly local to me and I am in a reception class. I am so excited as I loved working in reception as a teaching assistant and feel comfortable with the EYFS curriculum.

At the moment I am researching into the schools topics for the term and looking up ideas for planning and resource making.

A year has flown by but the closer the placement gets,the more I feel myself finding a drive and confidence in being back in the classroom again. A six week block to push through, a summer to relax and then finally reaching second year of university. It’s taken so long but I feel better prepared and at a better place in my life.