The new academic year is fast approaching which means you are so close to embarking on the adventure that is your first teaching post. As a newly qualified teacher it is important to build an online community to not only receive advice but to share practices, ideas and thoughts. At a time where budgets are tight, resources can be quite limited, blogs are easy to access and cover a variety of subjects. Your NQT year may seem quite daunting but do not worry, we have hand selected some of the best NQT blogs to help you prepare ahead of September.
Diary of an NQT
This year has been like no other and if you want to see how teaching and classrooms have changed due to the pandemic, then this is a helpful place to start. 'Diary of an NQT' provides an honest and somewhat comic insight into the everyday life of an NQT. Posting weekly entries, readers can follow the diarist throughout their NQT journey. It provides readers with the platform to experience NQT life first hand and to be able to relate to someone who is going through the same journey. There are multiple different accounts from various NQT's throughout the years so there will always be a story that caters to you. Keep an eye out for who the next blogger will be for the next academic year.
TeacherToolKit’s NQT blog has been designed to equip newbies to the profession with high-quality resources and ideas. Their blog contributors boast a wealth of sector knowledge, and work in an array of educational settings including PGCE tutors, experienced teachers and Deputy Headteachers. Whether you are looking for a 5-minute lesson plan or behaviour management techniques, TeacherToolKit provides NQTs with the support to succeed. TeacherToolKit is one of the most influential education blogs in the UK reaching over 8.5 million readers, it was set up to provide teachers with access to resources, encouragement and support to thrive and flourish.
Yes, yes we know this isn’t technically a blog but Mr T provides useful NQT support and inspiration on Twitter. Providing daily tips about everyday school life as well as motivational messages to get you through the day. It's also a great forum where you can post and ask questions amongst like-minded educators, gaining first-hand knowledge and a lifetime worth of experience from other teachers and education professionals. A useful and fast way to gain resources and advice while widening your network.
Mrs P Teach
This is a great blog to discover new and creative techniques to make sure your students realise their potential through new education methods. Discussing a broad selection of teaching methods and techniques, provides first-hand accounts of different ways to approach educating. Delving into innovative ways to handle marking and feedback as well as a range of tools to help tackle teaching and lesson planning. All in all, Mrs P Teach is a fantastic resource for finiding new techniques to make sure your lessons are always engaging.
Twinkl is dedicated to supporting teachers and schools worldwide. Whether you are an Early Years or Post 16 teacher, Twinkle has over 525,000 teaching resources available and counting. Their free tools include subject activity, planning and assessment, and classroom set up packs, to name a few. As well as having a large variety of resources, Twinkl also have Facebook support communities where NQTs can communicate with fellow members. You also have the opportunity to register to gain access to more, but it comes at a small cost.
Free Technology for Teachers
Do you prefer using technology to teach your classes? Than Free Technolohy for Teachers is the perfect blog for you. They share a host of educational apps, tools, and guides, for new learning resources that are great for interactive lessons. With regular posts introducing readers to new ways to update their teaching techniques, Free Technology for Teachers does exactly what it says - collects some of the best tech to help educators diversify their teaching. A great tool to help you gain new and exciting lesson ideas to add to your lesson planner!
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Thanks for reading,
The EduStaff Team