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How to Become a Primary Teacher

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This guide will give you a broad understanding of all aspects of primary school teaching as well as detailed guidelines on how to get started as a Primary Teacher.
You will gain an overview of the education system, the different types of schools in Australia and the opportunities available to primary school teachers. We consider the skillset that teachers need and we help you to be clarify whether teaching would be a suitable avenue for you. We also look at the training you need to become a primary school teacher including degrees, graduate diplomas and professional development.
The guide is packed with links to online resources to help you find the most up-to-date information. Learn about all aspects of teaching including: classroom management, child psychology, dealing with children with special needs, gifted students and parents, lesson preparation, marking, report writing and organising public events. Discover the opportunities and challenges involved in primary school teaching so you can start a rewarding and meaningful career.

Table of Contents

Welcome to the TopJobGuide®: How to Become a Primary Teacher
What's in this guide?
About the author

About the Teacher
Skills required to be a good primary school teacher
Things you should like doing if you're going to enjoy teaching
Working with people
Public speaking
Explaining things
Preparing work
Marking and writing reports

Self-check - do I have what it takes?

The Primary School System
Overview of Australia's education system
Different types of schools
Other factors to consider
Governing Bodies
Useful websites
States and territories

Career paths in education

Training pathway
The beginner teacher The experienced teacher
Subject coordinator or head of department
School administration
Deputy Principal and Principal
The retired teacher
Pay scales and holidays
Different types of primary school teaching
General classroom teaching
Remedial education
Gifted and talented (G&T) students.

School organisation - who does what?
The Principal
Deputy Principal
Office Manager
Departmental Heads
Board of Governors

A brief history of education in Australia

About the job
Tasks of a primary school teacher
Assisting learning

A day in the life of a primary school teacher
Planning and paperwork
The curriculum
The overview
The scope and sequence
Lesson and unit plans
The day book
Unit Plan Template
Lesson Plan Template
Time management for teachers
Special events
Sports day
Swimming carnival
Anzac day
Open day
Speech night

Teaching theory
Behavioural perspective
Cognitive perspective
Constructivist perspective
Testing and assessment
Teaching boys and girls, is there a difference?
Multiple intelligences
Higher order thinking skills
Setting and assessing projects
What is a rubric?
Example rubric for a science project
Group work and cooperative learning
Gifted and Talented (G&T) students
What constitutes a gifted and/ or talented student?
Identification of gifted and talented students
Classroom management
Dealing with parents
Off campus activities
Extracurricular activities
OHS and child protecting legislation
Meetings and committees
Types of meetings
Following up on a meeting
Conducting a meeting
Technology in schools
Researching your lessons
Teaching reading
Phonics or whole language
Remedial reading
Teaching maths
Child-centred discover maths or direct instruction model

Taking a degree in education
National universities
A graduate diploma in education
Moving to teaching from another profession
Ongoing professional development

Landing your first teaching job
Finding teaching jobs
Job search websites
Classified advertisements in newspapers.
The cover letter
Your CV
Handling the interview
Preparing for the interview
On the day
After the interview
Starting your new job
Final Word

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