NQT buzz from the TES forums

18th September 2009 at 01:00

Struggling in your first few weeks? Experienced teachers have leapt to the rescue of our troubled NQTs on the forum this week, offering some sterling advice gleaned from their years of teaching.

- Bouquets go to Mad.scientist, who admits to being an "experienced oldie" and has uploaded links to guidelines for trainees and NQTs. Topics covered include the Top 10 tips for teachers and Golden Rules for teachers. (www.tes.co.uktop10tips).

- PocketLady has just started her NQT year and is in a panic about learning the names of all her students. We have to sympathise, the poor soul has 18 classes to keep up with.

- PinkRuby suggests taking it slowly and learning the names of two or three children from each group every lesson, while Middlemarch's coping strategy is to develop pet names for her pupils. There are many more great suggestions at www.tes.co.ukremembernames

- Then we've got another NQT called priz who is worried about the number of hours she's working a week (www.tes.co.uknqthours): 22 hours in her first week and 21 hours on week 2. Once again, our experienced teachers jump in and offer advice on how many hours you should be teaching and how much PPA time you should expect.

- And don't miss chocolateheaven's thread. It's full of useful icebreaker ideas collected over three years in teaching (www.tes.co.uknqtideas).

- Finally, secondary NQTs looking for advice, support and a shoulder to cry on should head over to the secondary NQT thread (www.tes.co.uksecondarynqts). And NQTs working in reception have their own area where they can share their worries and offer advice at www.tes.co.ukreceptionnqts

- Get advice from experienced teachers and support from your peers at www.tes.co.uknqtforum.

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