How to get off to a flying start with your new class

Every year, teachers have to begin again with a new group of students – and those initial days and weeks can make a huge difference. Here, primary teacher Alice Edgington and secondary teacher Grainne Hallahan share their tips for getting up to speed

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If you’re intending to implement the old teacher adage “don’t smile till Christmas” at the start of next term, you had better make sure your poker face is rock solid. Classrooms are funny places, and it can be next to impossible not to crack a smile sometimes.

That said, children can sniff out a wishy-washy teacher from a mile off and there’s no harm in starting as you mean to go on when it comes to establishing good working relationships with them. So here are my tips for getting it right from the outset and making sure that every day of learning counts:

1. Come armed with ...

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