Back to School – Tips for Primary Teachers

Look after your voice!

If you’ve been away from the classroom for an extended period of time and you’re heading back to school, you may find that returning has a drastic impact on your vocal health. Teachers spend a vast majority of their working day speaking and projecting their voices at a higher than average volume. Without taking the proper steps and measures to protect your voice you could run the risk of losing it or causing long-term damage. You can check to see the best ways to protect your voice against damage here.

Take a refresher course!

Being away from regular face-to-face teaching can be an intimidating prospect to return to! Why not rid yourself of anxieties by taking a course in a subject that you feel you may need further training on. There are many accredited CPD courses available both online and in person. Not sure which course to take? look no further! We have already drawn up a complete list of recommended CPD providers which is available here. 

Have a plan of action!

Feeling overwhelmed? Take some time out to create a clear plan of action for the first couple of weeks back in school. So if you’re like me, you like to give yourself clear guidance of what will take place in each music lesson. Write detailed lesson plans to refer to, and create a ‘Plan B’ scenario for each just in case! Once you have these in place, you can relax a little more!

Join a group/forum

Teachers have been separated for a long time, so now is the perfect time to join a group/forum to connect with fellow educators. Groups and forums are wonderful places to share stories, ask questions, seek guidance and gain new connections with relevant individuals. So if you would like to hear from other like-minded professionals, why not join a group? 

Not sure which group to join? Don’t worry! We have one we recommend here.

Stock up on resources.

Having a plan of action is great, but if you don’t have enough resources to call upon, it can slow down your lesson planning process. So now is the time to get stocked up on a variety of resources. Music resources are a fantastic tool to get children working reflectively, and independently. Here are some useful resources you can take into the classroom straight away!

If you are a primary educator and want to learn more about teaching music for primary schools, why not check out our CPD courses? Join the Academy by clicking here, or heading to CPD UK accredits our courses to ensure we provide the highest quality materials to reform your music lessons. For more information, email or give us a call on 0800 7565580.

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Corinne Hope
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