Five Reasons why London is the best place to be a teacher

  1. Career

First and foremost, career opportunities in London are second to none. With some of the world’s most coveted educational establishments, libraries and a huge variety of schools, relocating to London is a great platform to kick-start your career as a teacher.

The Times Higher Education World University ranking sees London in joint first place. (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-university-cities)

  1. Culture

London’s multicultural diversity is another reason why it is loved by so many. With over 300 different languages being spoken in London it is not surprising it is a tourist hotspot. Not only does this mean a fantastic array of cultures present in everyday life but creates a dynamic surrounding for learning.

From an education perspective, working in a multicultural school can be extremely beneficial as it encourages children to grow up and immerse themselves in other cultures. It is great for creating an expressive forum for class discussions as children are able to talk about their different experiences and backgrounds while reinforcing the importance of creating an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Additionally, it helps those students from various ethnic backgrounds where English is not their first language by having that constant exposure will help them to pick it up quicker. From a teachers perspective, it can also be challenging from a literacy point of view, as you will need to plan lessons suited to varying academic capabilities. However, this allows you to get creative, perhaps use more visuals and group discussions all of which will contribute to child development and your confidence to develop into a great teacher.

  1. Resources

London truly is a land of opportunity. With some of the best schools in the world, it is not surprising to hear that over 90% of these schools have been rated as good or outstanding. (https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/teach-london/why-teach-london).

The fact you have an abundance of world-class museums, art galleries, tourist attractions and libraries, most of them being free to visit is in itself a massive opportunity. By using these various resources is an excellent way to make lessons more interactive and engaging which ultimately will help maintain the children’s level of focus. From a teacher’s point of view, this makes London a perfect place to launch an educational career having so many resources right on your doorstep. With the newly founded appreciation that children evolve to develop a unique a learning style that is complementary to the way they register information, allows teachers to go that step further when it comes to planning lessons, making them more interactive and visual rather than sticking to the more traditional theory based lessons.

  1. UK Curriculum

When considering other countries in which to teach, it is worth considering the high standards and variety that the UK curriculum brings. The fact it has many similarities to those in Commonwealth countries means the transition to a new education system will not be so daunting. Furthermore, the teaching job market is on the rise, with this high demand for teachers it is more important than ever to cease this opportunity and check out our vacancies page for more information.

  1. Quality of life

Becoming a teacher is an extremely rewarding vocation. It gives you the chance to be a role model and really make a difference in a child’s life. However, it can at times be stressful. Luckily for you, London has so many exciting things going on it is the perfect escape from working reality in order to maintain that all-important work-life balance.

With a population of over 8.8 million the hustle and bustle of city life offers something for everyone. Whether you are a restaurant connoisseur, a museum enthusiast or love any green space, London is a great place to enjoy city living. The spectrum of restaurants is out of this world. Whether it is a Michelin starred restaurant, a cool brunch spot, dinner with a view or even just a good pub, London has it all. In terms of greenery, despite the fact is it a major city, the amount of parks in London is impressive. There is no doubt a park in walking distance of wherever you are in the city. This can also help make moving away from somewhere such as New Zealand which is renowned for its idyllic setting, a somewhat smoother transition.

Conclusion

 World Class Teachers is a business is built on the premise of helping international teachers broaden their horizons by offering them various opportunities to teach in London. Their concept is for teachers to kick-start their career in a city that offers massive opportunity. If you would be interested in finding out more, please register your details in the contact form or alternatively submit your CV and one of our advisors will be in contact with you as soon as possible.

Considering a role as a World Class Teacher?

The end of exam season marks the beginning of summer. We see the launch of graduation ceremonies and a period of endless celebrations. It begins a phase of reflection for many students and school leavers to start thinking about taking the next step of embarking on a new journey. Naturally, people see September as the start of a new academic year and therefore unsurprisingly, prior to this, people cease the opportunity to start thinking about a career they would like to go into or even, contemplate a complete change in career. Becoming a world-class teacher could be the right journey for you. This blog will look at some of the different routes to becoming a teacher as well as its advantages and disadvantages.

Routes to becoming a teacher

There are a few different routes into teaching, either a university-led programme or a school led route. Both have their advantages and both will prepare you for becoming a great teacher.

The school led programme is designed for those who learn better through hands-on experience. You will learn on the job quickly and spend more time in the classroom in comparison to the university led route where your time will be divided.

Through the University route, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and is a one or two-year academic qualification. You will be taught the theory through a series of lectures and seminars and undergo various school placements to give you work experience allowing you to put that theory into practice.

The advantages of teaching 

There is an abundance of benefits to a teaching career. Not only is there a growing demand for teachers, meaning job offers both part time and full time are more readily available. The career progression is also worth bearing in mind. The clear progression ladder offers massive opportunity. Teaching also offers alternative options for those looking for work on a more temporary basis such as becoming a supply teacher, assistant teacher or home tutoring etc.

A teaching career is extremely character building and will help to improve numerous key skills such as communication, leadership and management all of which are necessary for becoming a great teacher. In today’s society, a career change is a very common thing and therefore, having that experience working at a school developing on these fundamental skills will give you a solid foundation and a great stepping stone for future employment.

Teaching is a vocation where you can really make a difference in a child’s life; it gives you the opportunity to become a role model. In a recent survey, a high percentage of teachers said the difficulties of their job were completely outweighed when it came to helping a student get that ‘light bulb’ moment.

In addition to this, teaching allows you to have a sense of freedom to plan your lessons exactly how you desire. You can be as creative as you want to be in order to make lessons more enjoyable and more engaging for the children.

Disadvantages to a teaching career

As with all jobs, there are some less appealing aspects to a career in teaching. For example, some would argue that it is a lengthy education process which can be expensive. Luckily, there are alternative routes some of which are salaried so you can learn on the job while getting paid. It is advisable to spend some time looking at the alternative routes into education and selecting the best one for you. Speaking to teachers in various schools they would argue that the hours can be long due to the amount of marking and planning that is required. Becoming a teacher does take someone who is dedicated and disciplined; the key to the heavy workload is organisation and maintaining a good work-life balance.

Conclusion

Teaching is one of the most rewarding vocations of today’s society as it gives you the opportunity to really make a difference in a child’s life. As with any career, there are elements of the job that are less attractive however, we believe these are outweighed by the positives. If you are interested in a teaching career, please give us a call today so we can help you with your search. Alternatively, if you are a qualified teacher looking for a new challenge check out our vacancies or simply submit your CV and we will do our best to help you.

YOUR GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND ADAPTING TO DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES

When it comes to education, everyone learns exactly the same way, right? Not quite.

While the terms “auditory” and “visual” learners have become somewhat more common, there are many other types of learners.

While most people cross the lines of learning styles and can benefit from many types of learning, most people have a dominant learning style that helps them grasp and remember concepts more easily.

Understanding and adapting to the different learning styles is crucial for anyone involved in any form of instruction, whether that’s teaching in a classroom, parenting, leading a Boy Scout troop or teaching Sunday School.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEARNERS?

Classroom with empty tables and chairs

Visual, aural, verbal (reading/writing) and kinesthetic are the most common categories that people use to define learning styles. One theory called “VARK” (an acronym for the four types), claims that most individuals can fall into one of those four categories of learning. VARK was first put forward by Neil Fleming, a New Zealander, in 1987.

In this article, we will also cover logical, social, solitary and naturalistic as they offer additional insight into the way that people learn.

VISUAL

Visual is the most common type of learning style. This type of learning includes a predisposition toward images, colors, graphs, pictures, maps, etc. In other words, they want something they can feast their eyes on.

STRENGTHS OF VISUAL LEARNERS

Visual learners can also be very good with spatial thinking and recalling images or places in their minds. Visual learners excel at being detail-oriented because they notice very small changes in their surroundings. They also tend to do well with balance and alignment.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH A VISUAL LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

Typically, a classroom is already geared toward visual learners. PowerPoints, writing on a whiteboard, maps, graphs, posters, pictures and many other visual aids are typical in a learning environment.

This makes sense since visual learners account for up to 65% of the population, according to Social Science Research Network.

Visual learners need text or long speeches mixed with something they can see. If they are watching a presentation, a PowerPoint with graphs and images would greatly help them receive the information and remember it later.

When it comes to listening or reading, visual learners do better if the speaker or text includes imagery that they can imagine. If they can visualize what a speaker is talking about, they can better retain that knowledge.

AUDITORY (AURAL)

Young adults listening to a presentation while working on laptop computers

Aural learners love music and sounds of all kinds, but especially interesting ones like rhymes, rhythms and the spoken word. Auditory learners retain knowledge best through hearing information rather than seeing it.

STRENGTHS OF AUDITORY LEARNERS

Auditory learners are very good at repeating information back once they’ve heard it. They tend to be good at noticing people’s inflection and tone or subtle changes in their language. Auditory learners are good at picking up language, verbal communication and retaining long lectures. They can also be fantastic storytellers.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH AN AUDITORY LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

According to some studies, auditory learners make up for about 30% of learners. While this isn’t as many students as visual, it still accounts for a large percentage of the population.

In the classroom, auditory learners benefit from things like lectures, music and speeches. They would be the type of person who could learn from a podcast and put what they’ve learned into action.

When giving class assignments, auditory learners will often do better hearing the assignment rather than seeing it on paper. They will also benefit from having an oral exam as opposed to a written one. Another strategy for auditory learners is to have them repeat back information to the teacher as often as possible as opposed to always writing information down. An auditory learner may not take as many notes as their visual peers.

VERBAL (READING, WRITING)

Male adult reading a book in a library

People who excel at the verbal part of learning differ from visual learners because they are not discouraged by long texts. Verbal learners love language, whether written or spoken.

STRENGTHS OF VERBAL LEARNERS

People who are verbal learners are very good at absorbing information through the written word. They can take in vast amounts of complex written words and condense it into more easily digestible information.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH A VERBAL LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

It isn’t as clear how many students fall into the verbal learner category. Previously, the VARK study only included three categories: Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. They later included reading and writing as a separate category.

Verbal learners do very well with a lecture and note-taking types of teaching and they also excel at writing assignments and written tests.

A good strategy for verbal learners is to have them rewrite information into their own words. They do very well at research writing projects or writing projects in general. To help them with new concepts, it’s a good idea to include a written handout for them to review.

People in this category can also greatly benefit from the exuberant amount of information available on the internet. A verbal learner can easily pick up a lot of information quickly.

KINESTHETIC (PHYSICAL)

A kinesthetic learner is a person who learns through physical action. They learn through making something. They prefer tactile learning and hands-on practical experience.

STRENGTHS OF A KINESTHETIC LEARNER

Kinesthetic learners are good at picking up skills through active participation. They tend to be coordinated and do well at activities like building, sports, art or drama. They also are adept at learning by watching someone else. They’re likely to have great motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

HOW TO CONNECT TO A KINESTHETIC LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

Kinesthetic learners reportedly make up about only 5% of the population. Therefore, many classroom environments are not geared toward kinesthetic learning. A student who responds to this type of learning style can come across as antsy and inattentive in the classroom. They may struggle to sit during long lectures or engaging in too much written or verbal learning.

Kinesthetic learners do best when they can physically get their hands on something or move in some way. Kinesthetic learners can be given some leeway to doodle or move a little so long as it is not disruptive to the class. It can be beneficial to have them be a helper in class with things like handing out assignments.

Mix up your class structure by breaking up lectures and sitting periods with physical movement. For younger learners, you can incorporate letters and numbers with movements and songs to get them learning while moving.

Another strategy is to use hands-on experiences to teach them something. Science is a great field for this because experiments and nature observation can be incorporated comfortably into the learning schedule.

LOGICAL

Pencil set on a piece of graph paper with math equations

People in the logical category are problem solvers. They see things in the realm of cause and effect. They like knowing that if A is true, B must follow. People with this learning style enjoy mathematical equations because math problems follow a logical flow. They also like patterns and logic problems.

STRENGTHS OF LOGICAL LEARNERS

Logical learners are excellent at seeing how things are interconnected. They can understand complex patterns, math problems, and excel at strategy games like chess. Logical learners tend to be attracted to science fields like chemistry, and they’re often very comfortable with technology and computer science fields as well.

HOW TO CONNECT TO A LOGICAL LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

Logical learners like to understand the how and why something happened. They respond well to statistics and data and other hard facts. Science and math are preferable because they offer clear answers for how someone comes to a basic conclusion about something. In other words, these fields often offer definitive answers, or at least a course of action, to get to the answer.

Logical learners do best when the classroom is very structured. They tend to struggle more with open-ended questions and assignments. To help them connect to subjects that may not fit comfortably into the logical sphere, try to incorporate things that they can connect with. For history and geography, including statistics and graphs can be helpful. Explain how countries interact with one another and the reasons there are conflicts.

For fields like art, music and literature, try to find a more logical angle. For instance, logical learners might identify with the rules of poetry like the meter or rhyming patterns. They might be able to analyze the motivation of characters in books—if this character does this, this character will respond this way. It may not be within their natural comfort zone, but over time, it may connect to their logical style.

SOCIAL (INTERPERSONAL)

While it should be noted that any one of the six other (not solitary) learning styles can also be applied to a social learner, people within the social or interpersonal category tend to learn much better in a group atmosphere. This type of learner thrives in group projects and shines in social settings.

STRENGTHS OF A SOCIAL LEARNER

People in this category have strong communication skills and can pick up on verbal and nonverbal communication from the people around them. They can pick up on the emotions of other individuals and groups. In other words, social learners tend to have a high emotional IQ and may be the first to notice when someone else’s demeanor has changed. Social learners gravitate toward extracurricular activities and team sports and are energized by social interactions.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH A SOCIAL LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

People who are social learners do well when they can bounce their ideas off of other people. To connect to social learners it’s a good idea to include class presentations, group discussion and group projects, as they will feel most comfortable in this type of setting.

Social learners may struggle to sit quietly and absorb information during long lectures. To help with this, it may be helpful to break it up with small group discussions or ask them to repeat back information in their own words.

SOLITARY (INTRAPERSONAL)

While the opposite of social, a solitary learner is similar in that it can include all the other learning styles, but people in this category learn better alone.

STRENGTHS OF A SOLITARY LEARNER

Solitary learners are often self-directed, quiet and independent. These people tend to be very good at identifying and understanding their own emotions and feelings. They value learning independently and quietly.

HOW TO CONNECT WITH A SOLITARY LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM

Solitary learners benefit from time alone to work through problems and new ideas. They do well when they’re given time they can spend being introspective and working through issues.

Some strategies that work well for solitary learners is encouraging them to keep a journal, giving them projects that they can work on alone and allowing them to work independently when possible.

They are likely to respond better to writing assignments and projects as opposed to public speaking or in group projects. If group projects are necessary, they would do well to be given a section of the project that they can contribute on their own time.

NATURALISTIC

Three backpackers walking in the woods

A naturalistic learner is similar to a kinesthetic learner in the sense that they like hands-on experience and do better with physical involvement as opposed to learning from a textbook. The key distinction between the two is that the naturalistic learner prefers to do their hands-on learning primarily outdoors.

STRENGTHS OF A NATURALISTIC LEARNER

Naturalistic learners are curious and investigative. They can take hands-on experience from nature to understand the world around them and draw conclusions about plants, animals and the environment. They tend to be very good observers and are naturally comfortable with animals.

HOW TO CONNECT TO A NATURALISTIC LEARNER IN THE CLASSROOM (OR OUT OF IT)

Naturalistic learners will do very well if they can have some time outside actually exploring nature. Gardening, nature walks, field trips and park trips are all ways to get naturalistic learners outside. Like kinesthetic learners, naturalistic learners may enjoy science as it lends itself well to outdoor exploration.

How do you engage a naturalistic learner when they can’t leave the classroom? Consider bringing nature indoors. Grow plants, have a class pet or create a tiny ecosystem. If you’re studying the various forms of rocks, bring in samples that they can touch.

Students who have a naturalistic learning style enjoy reporting back the information they’ve learned from the world. You can take this natural desire and apply it to other fields of study like writing. Have your nature-friendly student write reports about things that they are interested in like animals and the outdoors. They can also develop their reading skills by reading books related to nature.

CONCLUSION

All people approach learning in different ways and from different perspectives. Most people have a range of learning types that work for them but usually have a type of learning that stands out from the rest.

Since not all people are the same, it’s helpful for educators to practice multiple types of learning styles in their classroom to meet students where they’re at and equip them for success

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!

Connect

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.