Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tips for Teaching Preschool Art

Teaching preschool art and crafts should be more about the hands-on experience and creativity than about a perfect project. Here are some tips that may help.

Be aware of the abilities of the children you are working with. It is good to offer a challenge but don't expect something that is beyond their capabilities.

More detailed projects are doable for preschoolers but you will need to do more prep work for the project. Whenever possible, print pattern pieces onto colored paper. Pre-cut project pieces that are detailed, small pieces or multi piece projects. Pre-trace large pieces for preschoolers to cut out; cutting promotes small motor skill development and hand-eye coordination.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

A Young Primary Teacher's Guide To Working With A Difficult Class

All teachers, during their career, will have their fair share of difficult classes. It is part and parcel of the profession to which we belong. Being successful with a 'difficult' class gives most teachers a greater sense of satisfaction than being successful with other classes. Remember that 'Difficult' could mean behaviourally, academically or both.

Often, it is simply the particular combination of students you have in the class that creates the difficult environment. On a day when some students are absent, the whole atmosphere of the class room changes for the better. That will be a clue to those students who upset the working environment of the class.

Recognising this, you can then take measures to lessen their impact. Below are strategies you can consider using.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Practical Preparations For Teaching English Abroad Programs

Whether you've already been offered a chance to teach overseas through one of the many teaching English abroad programs now looking for qualified teachers or you're just beginning to explore the idea, you should start preparing to go overseas now. It can take 2-3 months or more to get all your ducks in a row before moving to a foreign country for a year or more, and preparation is the key to a successful temporary relocation.

Getting Proper Documentation

You'll need a valid passport for traveling abroad. It can take a few months to apply for and receive a passport, so be sure to get your photo taken and apply as soon as possible. Many countries also require a visa (and perhaps a work visa to teach), so do some homework by contacting the U.S. Department of State or visiting their website to determine what documents you'll need to travel to your host country. You should also make copies of everything from your passport to your health insurance and life insurance information. Give one set of documents to a friend or loved one you trust and keep another set with you at all times when overseas. A contact sheet listing the information for your accountant, doctor, lawyer and family members is a good idea as well.