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The approach of the new term is always an exciting time, but also one of the busiest. With so many different things to remember before the children come back, sometimes trying to make sure nothing important gets overlooked can be a real challenge. To help ensure that all the vital tasks aren’t neglected, take a look at our check list of essential jobs to undertake before the new term gets under way.

Pick themes

Particularly if you teach younger children, having a theme to work with can really enrich the learning experience at the same time as ensuring that all the relevant Australian curriculum material for the term is included. If there’s an important national celebration coming up or a local issue that affects the school, making it a theme provides a fantastic method of connecting children to their wider community.

Update resources

Fresh resources can really inspire, innovate and provoke passionate pedagogy, so use the time before the new academic year gets started to look at some of the newer educational resources that are available. Online learning sites, such as Skwirk, are extremely popular with students, as well as providing a flexible and accessible resource that covers most of the main curriculum subjects.

Get trained

New resources may call for fresh teaching skills, so use your time to hone your expertise in areas which may be unfamiliar. If you’ve decided to opt for online material, for example, take advantage of any training that’s available. This ensures that your lesson delivery won’t be impeded by technical difficulties or lack of confidence.

Prepare your classroom

From the right seating arrangement to displays and equipment, preparing a modern classroom so that it meets your needs and those of your pupils is essential if the new year is going to get off to a good start. Printing and laminating resources and notices, dressing tables, constructing wall displays and deciding on a suitable layout are all important matters to get right.

Consider common first day issues

Developing solutions in advance to common issues that can arise on the first day back is an effective method of reducing disruption on one of the most difficult days of the school term. Having a clear set of rules, a considered discipline and reward system, a policy on toilet breaks and similar procedural issues helps to ensure that your class won’t be derailed by an unplanned eventuality.

Obviously there are other matters that will need to be attended to, but those listed above are often cited by teachers as being the most useful in maximising the chances of a successful and relatively stress free start to the year. In particular, taking the time to find fresh, engaging online material can open up a wealth of possibilities for appealing study suited to students of all ages and abilities. If you haven’t considered online educational sites before, it’s worth taking Skwirk’s free trial to discover why so many teachers are adding it to their “must have” resource list.

As a teacher, I know too well just how expensive it can be to purchase quality, relevant resources for my students. If you are fortunate enough to be allocated an allowance by your school for purchasing teaching resources, this budget is usually minimal at best and is often a rare luxury. For most teachers, quality teaching and learning resources are an expensive but necessary part of their occupation, more often than not requiring them to dig into their own pockets to pay for them. For this reason, teachers have many important criteria that they adhere to when selecting quality resources to supplement their teaching practices. This will include but is not limited to: resources that are Australian and curriculum oriented, comprehensive and value for money, easy to read and follow, fast and simple to access, engaging and appealing to students, differentiated and suitable for a range of learning styles and abilities. This is where Skwirk, the online interactive learning platform, is a teacher’s best friend and a highly valuable all-in-one learning tool. So how does Skwirk save teachers and schools money? Here are just a few ways:image2

  • Skwirk’s resources are national curriculum aligned and created by experienced educators

Skwirk currently encompasses over 18000 educational resources across subjects such as Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History and Commerce. These resources include over 2000 animated ebooks, 1000 educational videos, 1000 interactive activities and thousands of podcasts, images, pop quizzes, exams and printable worksheets. Furthermore, these teaching and learning resources are created by experienced teachers and link to the new Australian curriculum codes. With this comprehensive collection of quality, diversified resources all located in one secure location, it is very cost-effective and saves teachers and schools money by decreasing the need for multiple resources.

  • Skwirk’s resources are accessible across different technologies

10502536_620336494730231_7737354430165643814_nThe Skwirk teaching and learning resources can be accessed anytime from home or in the classroom. They can also be utilized across different technologies, including tablets, laptops, projectors and interactive whiteboards. Being able to incorporate Skwirk’s resources into a variety of lessons at any time is not only really convenient but reduces the cost associated with providing individual print material to each student to support the learning program.

  • Skwirk’s resources can be customized according to student or classroom needs

Teachers have a responsibility to ensure that all students are catered for in their classroom. This involves implementing differentiated content and teaching methods to suit the various learning styles and abilities. Skwirk’s resources are suitable for students from foundation/ kindergarten to year 10 and enable the teacher to select content, games, assessments and other resources from either their class’s own year group or differing year groups to accommodate the diverse learning abilities in a classroom. Teachers can also assign individual students specific work without the student/s realizing that the work is from another year group. In addition, the range of relevant and interactive resources available on Skwirk caters for differing learning styles including the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learner. This means that teachers and schools do not need to purchase additional resources to meet the varying student needs. Skwirk provides a positive, differentiated learning experience for every student.

  • Skwirk listens to feedback to provide quality and comprehensive resources

Not only does Skwirk continually encourage feedback from teachers, parents and students, they use this input to ensure their resources are relevant, up-to-date and in line with educational standards. This means that teachers and schools do not need to continually up date and replace their teaching resources which is often a costly and time-consuming exercise.

Once you spend money on resources covering different subjects and different materials, it can end up costing hundreds of dollars per student. Skwirk offers all subjects and resources at $6 per student! That’s $6 for a student to access Curriclum relevant Maths, English, Science, History and Geography material, all in one place! I can’t think of many better deals then that. For these reasons alone it is evident why Skwirk is one of the leading educational websites and provides great value for money. Grab a free teacher and school trial by clicking here.

Written by Rachael Ingram, primary school teacher K-6

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