ECTs: Flipping the Narrative on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Collated by the inspirational Elly Chapple (visit her site CanDoElla here) this list of top tips for ECTs (Early Career Teachers) and those working in education is essential reading. It features contributions from top educational authors, teachers, parents, SENCOs, school governors and caring passionate people. All of the people who contributed to this list of top tips have lived the ethos of seeing the child as a human, not a label and going above and beyond to ensure everyone is treated fairly and with respect. It is essential these values are passed to the next generations to educators to ensure the needs of all children are met.
15 Top Tips for ECT’s Working with SEN pupils
Here are 15 key points from the ebook Tips for ECTs from #TeamSend #FlipTheNarrative”:
- Build strong relationships and really get to know each student individually.
- Communicate openly and positively with parents/caregivers – they know the child best.
- Be patient, flexible and creative in your approach to meet each student’s needs.
- Focus on progress over perfection – celebrate small wins.
- Ask for help when needed – collaborate with specialists and experienced educators.
- Tweak and adapt teaching methods if something isn’t working. Reflect constantly.
- Address behavior as communication – figure out the underlying cause.
- Foster an inclusive, encouraging classroom community.
- Use visual aids, multisensory teaching and hands-on methods.
- Incorporate student interests into lessons to build engagement.
- Scaffold instruction and use adaptive teaching to support diverse learners.
- Listen closely to students – observations inform teaching.
- Build self-esteem by valuing student strengths and potential.
- Establish structure through routines, but allow flexibility to meet needs.
- Take care of yourself – your wellbeing enables you to teach at your best.
Free ECT tips e-Book/PDF
Elly Chapple asked me to collate what started as a twitter thread into an article that would expand the knowledge of those newer teachers who wanted to go into SEN provisions, or to help those working with SEN pupils in their classrooms. It would be great to get it into the hands of as many ECTs as possible. Download and print your own copy using the link above (PDF). I have embedded the tweets in order below. I have to say the tweet that hit home the most was from Hayley Goleniowska. “Believe in my child. She isn’t an inconvenience!”Believe in my child. She isn't an inconvenience! @DownsSideUp Read the #TeamSend Top Tips for #NQTs https://inclusiveteach.com/2019/08/05/top-send-nqt-tips-from/ Click To Tweet
Further Reading – Contributors Sites
I have included sites for all those who contributed to this list of top tips for ECTs. Please message me if I have missed anyone. I hope you find their books and resources useful. I know I have.
Dr Sara Ryan – MyDaftlife
Matt Young – UK Pastoral Chat
Claire Grosvenor – CG associates
Barney Angliss – ADLZ Insight
Dr Tim O’Brien – Author Page
Nancy Gedge – Not So Ordinary Diary
Joanna Grace – The Sensory Projects
Jules Daulby – Contact Page
Nina Jackson – Teach Learn Create
Joe White – InclusiveTeach
Hayley Goleniowska – Down Side Up
Sally Phillips – IMDB listing
Claire R – Chatterpack UK (Great SEND monthly newsletter)
Pancake Puns – The Tetra Pod
Helen Weston – 2 Tubies
Sarah Dove – Phoenix |education Consultancy
Head For Nothing – Thoughts of a headteacherAbove all else show that you care, you are on their side. Be their champion! @mrsElParker Click To Tweet