How to Become a Primary Teacher
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
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
States and territories
Career paths in education
The beginner teacher The experienced teacher
Subject coordinator or head of department
Deputy Principal and Principal
The retired teacher
Pay scales and holidays
Different types of primary school teaching
General classroom teaching
Gifted and talented (G&T) students.
School organisation - who does what?
Board of Governors
A brief history of education in Australia
About the job
Tasks of a primary school teacher
A day in the life of a primary school teacher
Planning and paperwork
The scope and sequence
Lesson and unit plans
The day book
Unit Plan Template
Lesson Plan Template
Time management for teachers
Testing and assessment
Teaching boys and girls, is there a difference?
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
Dealing with parents
Off campus 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
Phonics or whole language
Child-centred discover maths or direct instruction model
Taking a degree in education
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
Handling the interview
Preparing for the interview
On the day
After the interview
Starting your new job