72 Things Teachers Need to Know On A Daily Basis

Written by Mohamed Sidat & Ghulam Rezbi 

19th October 2022. 

1. Teacher Standards and PDP (Professional Development Portfolio)

There are two aspects of the teacher standards:

  1. What teachers are expected to do on a daily basis and how to support students so that they can reach their full potential and;
  2. How a teacher is expected to behave in and out of the classroom.

2. Behaviour Management in Classroom

Anyone who has kids knows how difficult they can be. It is one thing to know your subject, but it is useless if you cannot get them to listen. That is why knowing how to manage them is one of the most important aspects of a teacher’s job.

3. Attendance and Lateness (Punctuality)

Also, part of classroom management, if a student is late or absent that can disrupt their own education and that of the rest of the students. So, students need to be taught the value of good timekeeping and regular attendance. It is also something that could affect their jobs later on in life if these bad habits are carried on.

4. Safeguarding & Child Protection

As a teacher in a school one of your main responsibilities is to ensure the children in your care are protected and feel safe at all times.

All children need to feel safe at all times without feeling abused or neglected by teachers, parents, and the community. So, child protection is paramount, and we need to ensure all children are protected.

5. Welfare, Health and Safety

As well as keeping your kids feeling safe you need to ensure they are also practically safe. That means ensuring the environment which they are in is a place where there is minimal chance of getting hurt or injured. 

6. Reducing Behavioural Problems – Whole School Approach – Targeted Intervention

This is where all members of staff, teachers, etc., adopt the same or similar approach to treating misbehaviour. This helps to overcome the, “But, those kids in that class don’t have to follow the rules,” syndrome.

The Legal Stuff

7. Policies and Procedures

Everyone needs to follow a set of rules set by the government. Otherwise, people will do what they want, when they want, how they want, and there will be no accountability. As you can imagine, chaos will follow.

8. Observations and Assessments

All teachers need to teach to high standard. To achieve these standards, teachers need to be observed to ensure they meet these high standards. On the other side of the coin, teachers also need to assess their students to ensure they are learning to high standards.

9. Ofsted and Accreditation Planning and Implementation of Whole School Inset

There are three elements to this: (1) Understand school standards set by Ofsted, (2) As Ofsted sets the criteria, staff need to understand these in order to ensure they are met, (3) So they need to receive regular training and development. This is done through the inset (training) days.

10. Bullying and 11. Cyber Bullying

This is what the site antibullyuingpro.com, has to say on bullying:

1.     “22% of young people aged 12-20 say they have experienced bullying behaviour in the past 12 months. 45% had experienced it at least once a month, and 31% had experienced it at least once a week.
2.     1 in 10 (11%) 8-11-year olds say they have personally experienced some form of bullying behaviour.
3.     1 in 5 (20%) 12-15-year olds say they have personally experienced some form of bullying behaviour.
4.     36% of young people aged 8 to 22 are worried about experiencing bullying behaviour at school, college or university.”

So, in order to effectively combat this every member of staff, students and anyone who has a link of any type with the school needs effective training to help prevent bullying in and out of school.

12. Developing Schools and Systems

In every school, a teacher needs to understand the dynamics of the school runs. Reading key policies and guidelines of the school and understanding how the school functions is important for a teacher so that they can use all the resources, and key staff to turn to if they are struggling.

13. Diversity and Cultural Values

We all need to get along. It is therefore imperative that we have personal and professional values, and that align with the school’s values. If your values conflict with that of the organisation, then at some point you will feel as if you do not fit in. always ask what is important to the school and see how this is similar to yours.

14. Islamic Ethos and Values

One of the main documents that we at Raedan Institute go through is our Islamic Ethos policy. As every organisation has its own ethos, values, vision and mission, it is key to understand its importance. If your values do not align then you will feel demotivated, stressed and this will have an effect on your work-life balance.

15. Safer Recruitment

Every time that kids interact with experts performing safeguarding duties, we use Safer Recruitment this is because it is intended to safeguard their welfare. Safer Recruitment’s overarching goal is to help detect and reject candidates who are thought to be at danger of abusing children.

16. Self-Evaluation Training

Every teacher needs to objectively evaluate their strengths and places for improvement. After that, you a teacher can contribute more positively to the discussion with the supervisor to discuss their performance. Additionally, self-evaluation helps to strengthen the commitment to career planning, competency development, and goal setting and achievement.

17. Data Analysis – Data Science

Without data you are going to the classroom unaware of the ability, strengths, areas of improvement and context how to support a child. If we begin to learn the importance of providing support by using information gathered over the past few years, we can see trends and patterns emerging like which style a child likes to learn through and what makes them happy.

The Daily Grind of A Teacher’s Job

18. Lesson Planning

Lesson planning is one of the key fundamentals a teacher is required to understand and follow through. It keeps a teacher in check and eradicates complacency. It also helps them understand what they taught, what is required next and at the same time if a teacher is absent or leaves the next teacher can read through, understand and carry on where they left off. This eliminates time wastage and disruption to students learning. 

19. Practical Approaches to Differentiation in Lessons Lesson

Without understanding how to support every learner in the class, some children will be left behind. By understanding how to differentiate we can cater for the needs of the lower ability, average ability, gifted and talented and children with SEND. Not every child has the same ability or learns at the same pace. Patience is required.

20. Planning and SOW

What you are going to teach on a daily basis, weekly basis or each term is important so that you are consistent, and the curriculum is covered effectively. Hence schemes of work (SOW) are prepared at the beginning of each year or term so that a teacher can follow a plan. It also allows others to monitor and provide support if required. An SOW is prepared to cover all modules across weeks and months so that no part of the syllabus is left behind.

21. Blooms Taxonomy

The teachers benefit from understanding the goals of classroom instruction thanks to Bloom’s Taxonomy. It directs them to alter the questions’ level of difficulty and aids learners in ascending the hierarchical scale. Additionally, it fosters the growth of critical thinking in educators. 

22. VARK & Multiple Intelligences

Teachers can utilise the VARK model to help in planning and promoting student learning strategies based on the different learning styles of their students. By concentrating on the method that benefits them the most, teachers can also assist students in understanding their preferred learning style and maximising their learning. 

23. Marking, Feedback, Follow Up and Book Scrutiny

The Value of Feedback and Marking and the advantages are that it: helps teachers better understand how students are developing in relation to the learning intent. allows pupils to identify their strengths and next steps. enables teachers to plan courses for the following day with additional data and information. 

24-26 SMSC, PSHCE and Tarbiyah – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC), Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and Language-wise, the Arabic term “tarbiyah” implies “increase,” “nurture,” “rear,” “growth,” or “loftiness.” Tarbiyah refers to a person’s growth and education in a variety of areas. In this context, the term “tarbiyah” refers to a child’s methodical growth and instruction.

Since the 1944 Education Act, SMSC has been a part of education, and it existed in prior incarnations before that. It encapsulates the goal of a good school, which is to prepare students for full, active lives as members of their communities and as adults. In England, PSHE education is a subject taught in schools that aids in keeping kids and teens safe, healthy, and ready for adulthood in contemporary Britain. When delivered effectively, PSHE instruction also aids students in realising their academic potential. In Islamic schools, the goal of the Tarbiyah process is to lead Muslims toward continuous self-purification, self-correction, and self-development. It encompasses spiritual, intellectual, moral, social, and physical dimensions. Additionally, it will develop in them a passion for truth, justice, and morality.

27. Able, Gifted and Talented

Able, gifted, and talented learners are those children and young adults with one or more abilities developed to a level significantly ahead of their year group, according to the DCSF (Department for Children, Schools, and Families) (or with the potential to develop those abilities). It is therefore essential that we understand students with these gifts and put in place provisions so that they can reach their full potential.

28. Collaborative practices

A teacher is required to create activities that allow children to cooperate and learn from one another while having fun. It has been demonstrated that collaborative learning helps students not only acquire higher-order thinking abilities but also increases their self-assurance and self-esteem.

29. Collaborative learning and grouping

Students’ communication skills will be encouraged to advance by learning in groups. They must learn how to express their opinions and ideas, as well as how to hear the opinions and ideas of others and give criticism.

30. Cooperative learning and its uses

A collaborative (or cooperative) learning style involves students cooperating on projects or assignments in a class size small enough to guarantee everyone’s participation. Students in the group may collaborate on a shared task or work independently on individual activities that contribute to a common final product.

31. Classroom management and behaviour skills

In the classroom, behaviour management is crucial, not least because it fosters an environment that is conducive to learning. Children are able to learn positive behaviour, including respect for others, when there are defined boundaries.

32. Curriculum coverage

A school’s curriculum aids in the planning of the educational process or technique (a term, session, period, etc). The curriculum is made up of a series of interconnected tasks that help both teachers and students accomplish their educational objectives. A lesson plan, for instance, is a curriculum that the instructor uses in the classroom.

Assessments

33. Teacher development plans

The teacher is aware of how students develop in the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical domains. Personalised learning opportunities based on each student’s requirements, interests, and strengths. professionals to encourage the development and improvement of students.

34. Transitions and knowledge gaps

Teachers can reduce disruptions and behaviour issues, increase teaching time, and maintain ideal learning environments by using efficient transitions in the classroom (Arlin, 1979; Cangelosi, 2000; Sainato, 1990; Smith, Polloway, Patton, & Dowdy, 2001; Vartuli & Phelps, 1980). There are 3 areas where gaps can occur – Knowledge gaps: Students lack the necessary knowledge or were not given the proper information, Skills gaps: Students lack the practise required to acquire basic skills and Motivational gaps: Students are lacking the drive to improve their knowledge or abilities.

More legal stuff

35. Compliance

Legislation improves working conditions and raises employees’ perceptions of fairness and trust in their business. In the end, it may also benefit the advancement of strategic HR and business objectives.

36. Governance

By ensuring that those in charge of the school’s governance and leadership have a thorough understanding of how the institution runs, costs should be reduced, competitive advantage should increase, and the school’s culture and ethos should be improved.

37. Complaints

It is possible that a staff, students, parents or the wider community may make a complaint at some point despite the best efforts of the entire staff. It is essential to have a process in place for dealing with complaints in order to lessen the fear and trepidation felt by staff, students, parents and the wider community.

38. Learning Environment

According to research, an active learning environment helps students pay attention and concentrate better, facilitates meaningful learning experiences, boosts student achievement, and inspires them to use more sophisticated critical thinking abilities.

Keeping Up With Checks

39. Compliance KPI’s

An important component of the data needed to ascertain and explain how a school or organisation will proceed in order to fulfil its business and marketing goals is the use of key performance indicators (KPIs). KPIs assist schools in determining if they are moving in the correct direction and, if not, where they should focus their attention (See https://www.jisc.ac.uk/full-guide/managing-strategic-activity).

40. Questionnaires and surveys

The importance of questionnaires and surveys cannot be underestimated. They create student satisfaction, teacher feedback, evaluation of student learning and day-to-day satisfaction surveys easily. With this in mind, you can create the school improvement plan which sets out which areas you need to improve on so that all stakeholders are happy.

41. Personal Statements and CV’s

Personal statements on your curriculum vitae, or CV, provide you with a fast opportunity to present yourself to potential employers. They succinctly summarise your qualifications and professional objectives, making it simpler for recruiters to assess whether you are the best candidate for the position. Always keep this updated as if you are ever in a position to leave your current employment then you are prepared to move or apply for other positions.

42. Compliance – Teacher Evaluation, development and performance

The structured method of rating and measuring a teacher’s efficacy is called teacher assessment. The purpose of a teacher performance reviews is to support teachers’ professional development and better learning environments for students. To make sure that a school’s broad objectives are achieved, performance management is a procedure which most schools would use. This is accomplished by giving staff yearly goals to strive for. Typically, departmental, and personal goals are set for teaching staff.

43. LSA’s and TA’s Effective Deployment

The importance of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and Teacher Assistants (TAs) cannot be underestimated. They are an additional support to the lead teacher in the classroom and when teachers cannot attend to every child, especially with students with complex needs the LSA/TAs are effectively utilised.

44. Compliance – Student Evaluation, Development and Performance

The improvement of student learning is the assessment and evaluation’s primary goal. Evaluations and assessments are crucial instruments for developing curricula and instructional strategies that meet the needs of the students.

45. Compliance – Quality, Leadership & Management of Schools

Leadership is concerned with the future, the teams and people in your institution, as well as with vision and inspiration. Systems and procedures provided by management are crucial to the efficient daily operation of the institution. Management and leadership are both crucial for the effective development of a school.

46. Stakeholders and Community Engagement

Stakeholder engagement in the community can be advantageous for any school. In addition to helping communities, engagement can increase a school’s decision-making, legitimacy, and competitiveness by utilising local expertise, lowering conflict, enhancing recruitment, and avoiding time-consuming delays.

How to Keep Yourself And Your Students Motivated

47. Motivation

Staying motivated is difficult to say the least. Approximately 41% of teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years. So how do we keep motivated. Here are some ways you can keep yourself motivated:

  • Think About Your Students
  • Change Something
  • Have a Heart to Heart with Your Students
  • Address Problems Immediately
  • Experiment with Teaching Techniques
  • Read a Book
  • Write in a Gratitude Journal
  • Teach Something Meaningful
  • Learn Something New
  • Talk to Other Teachers
  • Go to a Workshop or Conference
  • Maintain Your Perspective (https://www.teachtci.com/blog/how-to-stay-motivated-as-a-teacher)

48. Relationship Building – how to build and sustain positive relationships in the classroom.

There are many ways to establish a good rapport with teachers, students and parents:

  • Establish your Personal Values
  • Develop your Listening Skills
  • Build Your Emotional Intelligence
  • Give Constructive Feedback
  • Visit the Staffroom
  • Model Positive Relationships for Children
  • Create a Positive Environment in the Classroom and Beyond
  • Be a Sociable Susan, not an antisocial Andrew
  • (https://www.laughology.co.uk/pshe-blog/8-ways-to-develop-positive-relationships-in-the-staffroom-and-beyond)

49. Strategies to improve student attainment – top 10 tips:

  1. Establish a climate of mutual respect.
  2. Set high and clear expectations for quality work.
  3. Insist on high quality by having students polish their work.
  4. Get students to read twice as much every day.
  5. Get students to write twice as much every day.
  6. Establish a culture of evidence and justification in your classroom.
  7. Introduce and discuss at least one new “power word” every day.
  8. Have students think with numbers every day.
  9. Maximize the percentage of time that all students are engaged in the content.
  10. When introducing an important new concept or skill, make sure everyone understands before moving on.

(https://www.teachnkidslearn.com/10-strategies-dramatically-improve-student-achievement)

 50. Enrichment and Extracurricular programmes

By participating, students are more likely to forge lifelong friendships and connections, get to know other students from various backgrounds, and learn transferable skills like time management, organisation, teamwork, and communication. It will also boost your self-assurance. As a teacher, this will also put you out of your comfort zone and allow you to learn new skills

 51. Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and mentoring have the potential to contribute significantly to improving learning and teaching and contribute to the wider professional development framework that continues to evolve in the context of A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century. (https://www.eis.org.uk/Content/images/EIS%20Policies/Coaching%20and%20Mentoring%200108.pdf)

52. Why is it important for teachers to study other subjects.

By studying other subjects as a teacher, you will acquire many additional skills which you can use to support and enhance your teaching. Below I have added why a teacher should teach a particular subject and what skills they should acquire.

53. Islamic Studies / RE

They acquire the knowledge and skills they need through studying Islam. Students gain the ability to communicate their knowledge. They also improve their writing, analytical, and communication skills, which is a crucial aspect of their development.

54. Phonics for Primary

English uses the letters of the alphabet to represent sounds, it is crucial that kids learn the relationships between letters and sounds. In order to help kids, learn how to read, phonics teaches them this knowledge. Children learn the sounds that each letter makes as well as how the order of the letters affects the meaning of a word.

55. EAL (English as a Additional Language

As a result, having EAL students in your class might motivate the other students to concentrate and pay attention. Additionally, studies have shown that students in diverse schools are better able to use higher-order cognitive thinking processes and think creatively.

56. English

Language proficiency advances from simple understanding and expression to complex understanding and literary expression as literary literacy advances. The study of English literature and language has a significant impact on how well students use language.

 57. Maths

Mathematics promotes logical thinking and mental rigour and offers a useful method for developing mental discipline. Additionally, understanding mathematics is essential for learning other academic subjects like science, social studies, and even music and art.

58. Science

Students can develop an understanding and formulate questions based on both the knowledge they already possess and the insight they hope to gain in the future thanks to the intrigue that science fosters. Students who perform well in science classes are more likely to develop strong critical thinking skills.

59. Geography

Understanding the vast differences in cultures, political structures, economies, landscapes, and environments around the world as well as the connections between them, geography enables us to explore and comprehend space and place.

 60. SEND

SEND is a specially designed area in a school or a collection of tools and techniques, that are available every day to aid students in learning. Depending on the specific needs of the students, the provision may be academically based, centred on fundamental life and social skills, or a combination of the two.

61. History

Understanding how past events shaped current events is one of the benefits of studying history. Learning from the past helps us understand who we are and how we got here, as well as how to avoid mistakes in the future and steer society in better directions.

How To Excel In Your Job Above And Beyond What You Think You Know – Or How To Become A High-Performance Educator

62. Assignment techniques/research methods

By giving us data to analyse the problem, assessing the viability and impact of programmes, and coming up with better solutions to the problems, research enables us to identify the correct answers to important concerns in our communities. Similarly, you might need to persuade your audience, contrast various viewpoints, or sum up an author’s point of view depending on the assignment. Your ability to determine the type of thesis you will need when you begin writing the paper will be facilitated by now taking into account your purpose. As a teacher it is important you understand how to provide accurate details information to your students and parents.

63. Theories of Learning

Teachers who are knowledgeable about learning theories are better able to relate to a wide range of students. To reach different students, teachers can concentrate on different learning styles, resulting in instruction that is specifically tailored to each student’s needs and abilities.

64. CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning

Since it gives students the opportunity to learn both a language and a subject area, this approach is efficient and time-saving. Additionally, CLIL offers a more organic method of learning a new language. Compared to the conventional method of language learning, students who participate in the CLIL programme are more fluent in the language.

65. PBL – Play-based Learning

PBL can help students improve their communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills. Additionally, it can present chances for group collaboration, locating and assessing research resources, and lifelong learning (Duch et al, 2001).

66. Accelerated Learning principles and practices

Because people are more actively engaged in the learning process, recall can be increased by up to 50% when using the principles of accelerated learning. The modern learning approach that uses accelerated learning is the most sophisticated. It is an all-encompassing system for accelerating and improving design and learning.

67. High-Performance Learning

HPL establishes a framework whereby students grow particular values and learning attitudes, supported by instruction in critical thinking abilities that they can use throughout their lives.

68. Learning styles and Multiple intelligences?

Your weaknesses and strengths can be better understood if you are aware of your learning preferences. You might have responded by acknowledging and respecting the fact that everyone learns differently. searching for the most effective learning strategies. We can also consider various types of mental strengths and abilities thanks to the theory of multiple intelligences. You might be able to recognise your own preferences if you learn more about the types of intelligence you tend to favour.

69. Emotional Intelligence

What is EI and why is it so crucial? The capacity to recognise, control, and comprehend one’s own emotions as well as those of others is known as emotional intelligence. A high EQ aids in relationship development, team stress reduction, conflict resolution, and job satisfaction.

70. Characteristics of Effective Learning

For a child to be able to use what they have learned and apply it in new situations, learning must be meaningful to them. They will be able to learn effectively and advance in all areas of learning and development thanks to these qualities of strong learners.

71. Critical Thinking and its strategies

You can focus more on your strengths and avoid any kind of limiting or unfavourable beliefs by using critical thinking to gain a better understanding of who you are. Your quality of life may be improved by having the ability to communicate.

72. Working toward a holistic vision

Since holistic learning takes into account the whole child and a variety of learning objectives, it is particularly effective for young children. Holistic learning includes the development of the mind, body, spirit, behaviour, and social interaction in addition to the cognitive process.

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