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Managing resources

It's important to manage your resources so that you know where and when you need to use them. These tips should help you plan for some eventualities.

Less is more

Don't spend too much time collecting things for your lessons, no matter how tempting that is. You can only use so many visual aids so go for quality not quantity. Pupils get over -awed by too much to look at and will switch off.

All lessons need preparation

Think in advance what is needed. There's no point in carrying out a good lesson about poetry but not having the background material to show them. Telling your pupils that you will bring in 'that other really good poem' next time will see it wasted as pupils will forget all about the poem and the moment will have passed.

Keep pupils busy

Pupils learn at different speeds so be ready to see a hand appearing in the classroom indicating that they've finished. Have extra worksheets or reading available to keep pupils busy and stretched.

Go online

The web offers so many opportunities for extra resources. Don't allow pupils just to surf around but have set links ready you know are of good quality and are relevant to their studies. Don't offer too many options otherwise they'll drift through them and not get what they need.

Count everything out and in

Not all resources are paper or web based. Vital resources such as drawing pins, rulers, pencils and rubbers are also important. Class wars can break out over single pieces of coloured paper so have enough for everyone. Count everything out and back in, that way you get your resources to last the year.

Share resources with your colleagues

Departments have collections of items that have been built up over many years so don't reinvent the wheel and use what is around. If you find something good let others know and don't horde items in your room. You may want to keep a DVD or worksheet you have found for yourself but pupils talk about good lessons and other teachers will find out.