The problem with teaching is that just before you get it sorted, the curriculum changes.  So, it always feels a little pointless saving teaching resources.  But, unless you do save teaching resources you are going to be reinventing the wheel every single year.

So, the best thing to do is learn to name your files and store your files in a logical way.  In other words, don’t give it a random name at the last minute and bung it a random folder.  Be sensible. Set up a sile structure at the beginning of the year and then label files in terms of focus in the curriculum rather than subject.

You should then store any teaching resource that is generic and will teach the basic foundational skills for your subject.  These resources will be fundamental to your teaching no matter what the curriculum says.  As an English teacher, anything that taught grammar was always going to be helpful – as grammar has not changed much for the last century or so.  Also, anything to do with the teaching of spelling is always going to be useful – to any subject to be fair.

Then, you should store lessons that you can fall back on when things get tough.  You know the lessons – the ones that you can pull off without thinking about the content.  So, when a class is difficult, or you have lessons over that need to be filled productively, or you want to smash an observation – then you can pull these lessons out and really smash it.  These lessons, more than anything, are great for your confident.

I had a poetry writing lesson that I did once that blew the kids away – from absolutely nowhere – I was just giving it a go  Every time I did it after this it had the same impact on the students and so it was my go to lesson in times of crisis. Often, these crises where about whether I thought I could do the job anymore and I needed some evidence that I knew what I was doing.

Other teaching resources to hoard, when you find really good ones, are for PSHE topics.  Most teachers are completely out of their comfort zone when teaching PSHE – it is not their specialist subject and they are mostly shocked that they can be presented as an expert in drugs, alcohol consumption, sex education and finances.  I remember teacher finances one year when I had £6.13 in the bank and a week before payday.  So, when a great resource pops up for PSHE – hoard it! File it in a safe place and don’t let any other teacher steal it – they will try – lock the filing cabinet!

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