My methodology is calm, patient, understanding and encouraging. I have a humanist and constructivist pedagogy based on positive working relationships with students and teachers wanting the same results from lessons.
I base my classes on the TEEP cycle as well as what was effective in lessons I have experienced through observation. I believe if students are on board with what they need to know and why - and not just, "you need it for your exam" - it will help with understanding and retention. I try to use questioning to establish where students are at in their understanding and develop their own understanding. I aim to drive lessons towards a piece of work they enjoy doing and feel proud accomplishing as opposed to completing generic work-sheets by understanding the students on a human level.
I approach each topic by studying and restudying the topic myself first. You can't teach what you don't know. I then try to break it down into the skills needed to understand the topic and succeed in developing the knowledge and ensure skills are there before content. I then look at what schools and exam boards recommend students need to know to achieve the highest marks they can possibly attain.
I am a hardworking graduate of International Relations and English Language from Aston University, eager to begin a career within education. I am currently undergoing my Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Secondary English at Newman University.
I have gained a wealth of experience so far in my PGCE researching theories and politics in education whilst taking classes in two long term placements teaching English to GCSE standard and enhancement placements. I am a very adaptable teacher and person, proven by my placement year teaching English as a foreign language through a position at “Kings College Madrid”. Wherein, I had to adapt to a new role I had never attempted before as well as adapt to life in a different country. My positive personality made it possible to thrive in the role of teaching assistant to younger students than I had worked with previously and I was very popular among the pupils and the teachers. While working at Kings College I tutored a year 6 pupil outside of school in the run up to their SATS who achieved level 4Cs when they were predicted to receive 3Bs in the core subjects and I voluntarily assisted a child with Dyspraxia helping them before and after schools with fine motor skills through the rainbow road programme, physical strength and awareness training as well as physiotherapy and preparing resources to further educational development.
Newman University (September 2018 – Present)
Post Graduate Certificate of Education within Secondary English
Aston University (September 2011 – June 2015)
BSC Hons 2:1 International Relations with English Language
St Robert of Newminster Sixth Form College (September 2009 - August 2011)
English Language and Literature: Grade A
Sandhill View Academy (2004 - 2009)
English Language: Grade A
English Literature: Grade A
04 September 2018 - Present
While undergoing my academic studies I have had two long term work placements teaching in the West Midlands while at Newman University, and a primary and post -16 enhancement placement. I taught Year 7 right through to year 11 with a wide range of "abilities".
Bournville Academy (March 2018 - July 2018 with a return through July 2019)
Cover supervisor, Teaching Assistant and Form Tutor
My main role was to supervise a classroom and deliver quality education while the teacher was absent for whatever reason. I was also called upon to assist in remedial classes and the internal isolation room to help manage students with behavioural issues. I volunteered my time outside of school to create a creative writing school as well as assisted with Rugby, Cricket and Accelerated Reading. I returned to the school to volunteer assistance in the primary provision working as cover and a teaching assistant in the interim on my current PGCE course. I also took on form tutor responsibilities liaising with form tutors, parents and students to make sure their needs were being met and students had a safe space before school to be themselves and prepare for the school day.
English Teacher’s Assistant
Kings College: The British School of Madrid.
14/10/13 – 30/06/14
St Robert of Newminster RC Sixth Form College
4th June - 25th June 2010
I worked mostly with pupils in Years 5 and 6 but also taught 3 and 4 for a couple of hours a week as well. I taught a wide range of classes including English, Guided Reading and Library sessions, Mathematics, Science, History, ICT and Physical Education. I was taught many varying teaching practices through a number of INSED days, I aided in the successful navigation of an OFSTED inspection, was involved in the running of a number of after school activities including reading and writing club, theatrical performances, football, tag rugby and basketball teams, was a personal tutor for a lower achieving child, who gained better SAT results than predicted and I was advised in how to help students with learning difficulties and physical limitations, I would assist a child suffering with Dyspraxia on a morning before school. I also helped in essential admin tasks such as redistribution of text books and assorted literature, cleaning cupboards and desks, recycling used exercise books and supervising pupils while the teachers took care of other pressing matters.
I have since university and before beginning a career in education worked in telesales, market research and hospitality.
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