Top 5 Technology Tips for New Teachers

The early days in your teaching career can often seem overwhelming. There is a new school environment to get used to, there are skills to practice and hone and, oh yeah – a classroom of kids waiting to be taught!

Thankfully, today’s new teachers have an increasingly diverse range of dedicated technological aids to help them during this key period of their teaching careers. To help you get the best out these various aids and devices, we have put together this list of 5 tops tech tips for new teachers!


Wouldn’t it be handy to have some way of reaching out to and connecting with other teachers in similar situation to you? People you could discuss problems with, bounce ideas off and come up with solutions together?

Well, social media isn’t just for sharing cat videos! It is a tool to connect people with intersecting passions, hobbies and – most importantly for you – careers, such as teaching.

Set up Twitter & Facebook accounts and connect with fellow educators. Perhaps consider keeping this separate from your private accounts however, and be conscious of discussing specific details like student names that could get you into trouble – i.e. don’t do it!

Go To Conferences – Online

There are a wide range of regional, national and even international conferences run for teachers every year. Attending them can provide outstanding additional educational resources and tips and can really jump start your career. The trouble is that time and money required to attend them can be prohibitive.

Instead, consider attending them online. Many conferences live stream presentations, often for free or simply for registering with the conference. Many more even record speeches and presentations, again making them available online for very little money or effort.

Fill Dead Time

Whilst you can plan the events and topics in a lesson to keep students engaged, there will inevitably come a little dead time now and then.

This could be that a task you set is completed faster than you plan, it could even be so simple as a couple of students out the room (in the bathroom or with the principal for example) and you stalling so the class doesn’t accelerate ahead without them.

Keep a bookmark bar or library of links related to your topic on a laptop connected to a projector to fill this time. It could be short YouTube clips of films connected to topics, snippets of interviews with experts or witnesses – anything of this nature will keep the class engaged in the short term and help fill a little time.

Don’t Overdo It

As great an aid as technology can be, one key tip to remember is don’t over do it. A little can go a long way, and technology can often be something of a cold way for a class to learn a subject, with only limited interactions allowed. Use technology to support learning and remember that an in class discussion, talking face to face with no distractions can be highly illuminating for students.

Also, you don’t want to rely on technology too much because when it fails – and it will from time to time – you don’t want your lesson plan to go out the window because the Internet has crashed or a projector won’t cooperate.

Talk to the Tech Team

Speaking of the time the tech lets you down; the school tech team will be your knights in shinning amour in this instance!

But they can also be so much more than this. Almost every school will have someone on staff to look after the school tech – whether this is a team or a single person.

Go to them and ask them what other teachers are doing, what they think is working and what is not. They can also fill you in on the current state of the school tech – to help curb any overambitious plans you may have.

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 How To Talk to Children Effectively

Classroom discipline begins with your approach to children and how you talk to them, so they listen to what you say. There are tips and techniques to achieve this, and by taking the following approach, you’ll have their undivided attention.

Make Eye Contact

Talking down to children makes them feel small and insecure. Drop to their level, and look them in the eye during one-to-one conversations. This will help them focus, and it endorses positive body language. It also breaks down barriers.

Use Their Name

Calling a child by their name is a sure-fire way to grab attention. Begin with their name when you start a sentence and always be polite when using names to engage with the child. You can say, “Billy, would you read for me please?” as an example, and speak to them this way to make the child feel like they are doing something important for you.

Create Simple Sentence Structures

Younger children respond better to shorter questions. Therefore, keep things simple by using small sentences with one-syllable words, and look for signs of confusion when you speak. If they start staring into the distance or have a glazed expression on their face, you are over-complicating things.

Turn a Negative into a Positive

Instead of saying, “Stop running inside,” you can switch this around and say something like, “Running is for outside and walking is for inside,” making the situation positive instead of negative. It’s good to give children other alternatives instead of saying, “Do this or that.”

Give a Choice

Children like to be offered choices. For example, you could say, “Would you prefer to paint first, or read a book?” This way they get a choice and still complete the tasks you wanted them too.

Make it Clear

When asking a child to do something, begin by saying, “I want you to…” so they are clear what you are asking them. Children want to please, but don’t always respond well to orders, so this is a useful alternative, and it makes everything nice and clear.

Use the ‘When’ and ‘Then’ Tactic

A firm but practical way to get a child to do something is to tell them, “When you stop talking, then we can all watch the film.” This provides the child with a choice, and instead of it being an order, it becomes more of an instruction.

Understand Their Age

Of course speaking to children is different than chatting with adults. Their level of understanding will be less, and any instructions you give them should reflect this. Take this into consideration as you speak to them. Instead of giving them impossible questions they can’t answer such as, “Why have you done that?” Sit down with them and say something like, “Let’s talk about this,” so they understand what they did wrong.

 Deal with Tantrums

You can’t reason with a child when they are in the midst of a full-blown tantrum. Respond calmly if they start hollering, and the more they shout, the softer you reply. Calming methods work well in this situation. Become a listener, and let the tantrum pass naturally for a peaceful outcome.

Keep reinforcing the positives

Young children need constant reminders to remember what you want them to do. Therefore, try not to stress if you have to mention something a few times before anything happens, this is just natural behaviour. It’s fine to repeat instructions to young children.

There are many techniques you can use to talk to a child effectively. We know this at World Class Teachers, and we have a wealth of teaching roles available for you, so find out more about them and contact us today or call to speak to us on +44 (0)208 579 4501.

What’s going on with women in the education system?

Lowest budget

The South Sudanese government has just 2.6% of its budget dedicated to education. The country has the highest percentage of uneducated women in the world; a shocking 73% of girls will never step into primary school.

Teacher to student ratio

The ratio of teachers to students in the Central African Republic is the worst in the world. There is an average of 1:80, in comparison to 1:12 in the Netherlands. For the girls who do have the opportunity to go to school, the lack of resources and male favouritism is a heavy hinder on their education.

Highest illiteracy

17% of girls and women, aged 15-24, in Niger are literate. Most girls are removed from education due to financial issues.  The country has the highest proportion of girls under 18 getting married. As of 2016, 76% of under 18’s in the country were married, little of them progress to further education


What are the global issues?

Female education goes beyond the classroom; evidence shows that educated girls are healthier, wealthier and more independent members of society. Financial issues cloud the education system for women and girls. Even when school fees are eliminated the cost of uniforms, textbooks and transport deter households. Due to cultural norms, many girls are expected to take care of household duties instead of gaining their education.

Quick stats

Just 1% of girls in Burkina Faso complete secondary schoolA child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5

On a global scale, there are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary schools

A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult

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Thrifty Places to Buy School Supplies

The average teacher spends hundreds of pounds each year buying supplies for their students. As cash-strapped schools look at ways of saving money, this can often lead to a shortfall in classroom essentials. As a result, teachers have to be prudent with expenditure and find cheap places to purchase stationery and other resources. Here’s our pick of the best, shop here for all those teaching must-haves.



If you’re looking for classroom essentials, this is the ideal solution. Visit the online Staples store for low prices on stationery throughout the year. They provide a price match guarantee and offer FREE delivery on orders over £36 saving you even more money.  With plenty of pens for sale, desk supplies, and special offers on a wide range of stationery products, you’d be wise to shop here for all those classroom basics.  Buy in bulk to make the best savings.

The Works

The Works! The name says it all. The good thing about this online and high street store is you can click and collect whenever you need to order anything. Shop for books, arts and craft or stationery, and collect the items from any of the 400 stores nationwide. With some amazing offers online, you are sure to save money by shopping here. What’s more, you’ll also earn points for every £1 you spend at The Works as a nice little reward.


Whether you want pens and pencils or glues and tapes, you will find all types of deals in-store at B&M. Search for your local store online then pay a visit in person. There’s plenty of paper and lots of craft and design products for an ultra-low price. You’ll find the main website for B&M here. One click could save you a small fortune!


Look for classroom resources at Amazon. You’ll find everything you need right here. There are cheap, ready-to-buy supplies at Amazon and plenty of inspiration for all types of classroom activities. Here you’ll find items like post-it notes, phrase strips and reward stamps which make learning fun and fulfilling. Shop today and make savings straight away. Amazon is full of amazing bargains.


Okay, there’s a lot of junk on eBay but some genuine bargains as well. Search for classroom and teaching supplies, and you’ll be surprised at the types of savings you can make. Many sellers offer free postage for their sale items which means you won’t have to dig quite as deep into your pocket. Some people hate eBay, but others know how great it is for a bargain or two. Take a look if you want to buy pencils or pens and don’t want to spend too much money.


You might not think of Pinterest when you are shopping for school supplies but you should. You’ll find so much inspiration on here for classroom activities, and there are plenty of boards that advertise cheap stationery supplies. Arts and craft projects are popular on Pinterest, and there are plenty of practical DIY tips for the classroom if you want to save even more money.

Pound Shops

You can’t really miss the various pound shops in the UK. From Poundland to Poundworld and Poundstretcher it’s the same old theme, with each store in question selling cheap consumer goods. Visit online or take a trip in person and you will find plenty of discounts on stationery, crafts and other classroom basics. They’re a good option if you have a limited budget to spend on school supplies and you are paying for the privilege.

As a dedicated teacher, it’s understandable you want to provide the very best facilities for your pupils. Ideally, you’ll want to make the classroom interesting and have enough supplies to make it fun. Hopefully, the sites we recommend here should save you money when you go shopping for school supplies next.

Remember, if you are searching for your next teaching role in London we have plenty of options available here at World Class Teachers. Find your dream opportunity by contacting us today or call to speak to us on +44(0)208 579 4501.

7 Fun and Educational Trips in London

Educational trips have a positive impact on student learning, but where do you take a group of children for a day out in London? Read our 7 Fun and Educational Trips in London for some inspirational and educational school excursions.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Watch a live performance of a Shakespeare play in a setting befitting of the bard. Take a tour of the Globe then visit the museum to learn more about the life and work of England’s greatest poet. Built to a traditional design, the Globe is the best possible setting to witness a play performed just as it would be during the lifetime of one of the greatest playwrights.

Ideal for English literature students, you can book tickets and find out more about the globe by clicking this link.


Tate Modern

Where better to take art students than the Tate Modern in London? Home to many temporary and permanent exhibitions, you will find contemporary art with an International flavour at the Tate. Book in advance and make the most of the free facilities. You can go as an independent group or enjoy some of the brilliant Tate-led sessions if you prefer.

Make arrangements for your school party and plan your visit. For more details, visit the Tate web site.

British Museum

It’s free, open daily, and school groups can enjoy self-led visits to the British Museum or take fully guided tours instead.  You can view special exhibitions, displays and unique events at the British Museum, and it has excellent facilities for visiting students. Book in advance and enjoy free visits to all special exhibits.

Want more information? Find everything you need to know about making a group booking at the British Museum today.

Imperial War Museum

Open daily from 10 am, the Imperial War Museum (IWM) has some truly humbling exhibitions with free admissions for school groups. Along with many permanent exhibitions, ranging from the First World War Gallery to the Holocaust exhibition, there are also many temporary displays. Visit the museum to discover the impact of war told through genuine life experiences.

Bookings are being taken for group visits to the IWM in London right now. Request a visit by filling out the form.

Thames River Cruise

School trips on the Thames are perfect for a party of pupils. Offering a guided commentary along the river Thames, the history of London comes alive during a private hire cruise. With so much to see, river cruises are a fun way to learn about the capital and discover more about the geography of the city.

Tours along the Thames are available to book right here through a specialist river cruise company.

The Crystal

Described as one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, The Crystal hosts the largest exhibition on the future of metropolitan areas. Providing a unique exhibition for a school trip, it challenges pupils to think about cities in a different way. Perfect for science, geography or design and technology students, educational trips to The Crystal can be tailored to your needs.

Plan your school visit and read this brochure for additional information. Pupils love this exhibition!


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With so many amazing educational sites in London to visit, it’s easy to support student learning and give your pupils something fun and educational to look forward to.

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