1. Always smile, always be yourself. Children can smell a fake from miles away.
2. Always be honest - don’t be afraid to tell pupils when they have overstepped their boundaries. If they have angered/upset you, let them know, be honest.
3. Realise that some pupils will slip through the net, and that’s okay. You can prepare pupils for their exams, you cannot sit the exam for them.
4. Be relentless - if pupils have slipped up and have to face the consequences of their actions, do not be afraid to pursue them. Make sure they do that written exercise, that detention. Its in their best interest, and yours.
5. Always take an interest, take the time to get to know your pupils and what makes them tick. A few weeks learning names and interests, and their yours for the year.
6. Be enthusiastic about your subject - why are you teaching? what does your subject bring to the table? What skills can pupils obtain from you? How does this benefit them?
7. Make lessons relevant - if you don’t know why you’re teaching it, they won’t understand why they have to learn it.
8. Make no empty threats. Mean what you say and say what you mean
9. Not re-invent the wheel - there are hundreds of free and good resources out there. See what is out there first, and use it to complement your lessons, giving credit where it is due.
10. Remember to mark jotters and provide individual feedback. When exams and planning become a reality, this can be hard. Take an interest in your pupils, want them to succeed. Tell them this in written form in response to their contributions.