Session 239: Trainee Teachers – Best Tips for Teachers and Trainee

Co-Hosted by: @FatBlokeThins & @ICTMagic

-#UKEdChat this week, jointly hosted by Colin Grimes and Martin Burrett, explored trainee teachers, and the experiences for their mentors as well.

The session asked the following questions:Session239Promo

Q1 – What is the best piece of classroom management advice your mentor never gave you?

Q2 – What do we learn from lesson observation grades?

Q3 – Why do students have to plan in such detail? Should differentiated outcomes be enough?

Q4 – What advice do you have for improving a work/life balance?

Q5 – What happens if the relationship with your mentor breaks down?

Q6 – What is your philosophy for teaching?


A look at some salient points for those currently in, or looking to be in, Initial Teacher Training. Discussion revolved around planning, observation and the perennial arguments surrounding work/life balance. Great to see trainee teachers engaging in the conversation and questioning the status quo – after all the most dangerous phrase in the English language is “we’ve always done it this way” Some great school leaders sharing their philosophy on how ITT should be shaped, its now imperative these people engage with ITT providers and bring them to their way of thinking.

Tweet of the Week:

Other Notable Tweets from the session:

Slides – 9, 21, 30, 44, 54, 70, 80, 113, 135, 140, 210, 253, 284, 292, 301, 312, 336,


About Your Hosts:

Colin Grimes (@FatBlokeThins): I’m a trainee primary teacher currently studying on the Troops to Teachers 2 Year BEd programme run by the University of Brighton. I am 2 months into year 2 of the programme. I have just started my second placement school for a 6 week block before returning to my home school after Easter. So far on the programme I have taught in a small village first school (mixed Y3/4), large primary (Y4, Y5 and latterly Y1) and now back in a smaller primary (Y4/5 mixed). I live in Northumberland and all views are my own…

Martin Burrett (@ICTMagic):

Image Source: Cybrarian via Flickr.

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