I do not think I teach in any way that has reinvented the wheel. I take more of a coaching style to my tutoring, coaxing out answers through effective use of questioning.
I enjoy demonstrating to a student that they are more than capable of reaching the answer based on their own understanding and planning incrementally harder tasks which allow a student to access each step necessary to understand a topic. Scaffolding my tasks and breaking down explanations into manageable tasks makes it easy to spot where a student loses understanding of a concept.
I suppose I also focus considerably on addressing misconceptions, and try to reinforce the view that mistakes are a learning opportunity rather than something to scribble out and ignore. Helping to make students aware of their common pitfalls builds greater understanding. I believe this helps to develop a student's independent approach to their studies, where they are more likely to spot their own errors, reflect on and evaluate their work. Overall, I try to build confidence... confidence in method, application and recall of the subject in whatever way I can.
I have recently taught maths at a state school in Brent for four years and have enjoyed being part of the development and positive change within my school. I completed the Teach First Leadership Development programme having graduated with a 2:1 in Physics and Philosophy in 2013; and have worked my way through leadership positions at the school. I became Key Stage 5 Coordinator during my year as a Newly Qualified Teacher and after two years was promoted to Lead Practitioner in charge of gifted and able students. Since leaving teaching, I have been a private tutor for over a year and have loved every minute!
UCL (IOE), UK; Masters in Leadership (MA, Teach First) 2014-2017
Teach First Leadership Development Programme; 2013-2015
Institute of Education (IOE); PGCE in (Secondary) Mathematics
University of Bristol; Awarded a 2:1 in Physics & Philosophy (MSci)
Harrow School; UK Full Academic Scholar & Full Music Scholar
A-levels: Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Mathematics (A), Further Mathematics (A)
AS-levels: 7 A’s; GCSEs:
Tutoring; October 2017 - present
· Providing academic support and homeschooling for students across Key Stages 2-5
· Raising attainment and entrance exam preparation for 7+, 11+, 13+, GCSE and A-level examinations.
Educational Consultant; February 2018 - present
· Organisation: Managing tutor teams, coordinating lesson times and collating lesson reports to feedback to clients
· Communication: Liaising with parents on the effectiveness of tuition
· Development: Recruitment of new clients and recruitment of new talent at Golden Circle.
The Crest Academy September 2013 - September 2017
Mathematics Teacher & Lead Practitioner for Gifted & Talented students (G&T); September 2016 - September 2017
· General: Leading Teaching and Learning across the school, as Lead Practitioner.
· Training: Running whole school training sessions and providing one-on-one support for teachers through lesson observations, work scrutiny and analysis of assessment data.
· Mentoring and coaching: Observing colleagues and providing evaluative feedback to ensure high levels of progress.
· Planning and organisation: Creating a school-wide action plan for whole school improvement.
· Creativity, initiative and problem solving: Forming a team of representatives from each department to share effective strategies which met the needs of G&T students, informed and adapted teaching and learning policies.
· Data analysis: Monitoring assessment data to identify trends in student performance and identify G&T students.
· Research and analysis: Delivering whole school training sessions, researching ‘leading-edge’ pedagogy, sharing knowledge from my Masters course and training days at other schools.
Mathematics Teacher & Key Stage 5 Maths Coordinator; February 2015 - September 2016
· Co-ordinating and quality assuring the resourcing of schemes of learning at Key Stage 5.
· Identifying and tracking the progress of Gifted Mathematicians across each key stage in Mathematics and liaise with the Head of Mathematics and Lead Practitioner in Mathematics to ensure appropriate provision is provided both during and outside of scheduled Mathematics lessons.
· Stretching and challenging gifted and able mathematicians including the creation, provision and co-ordination of both further mathematics and additional mathematics courses.
Impact: Improved student outcomes to 100% A*-E in A-level Mathematics (2016), two successful cohorts of 100% A*-C in Further Mathematics GCSE (2015-16), great Further Mathematics results mentioned in Kilburn Times (August 2016).
Mathematics Teacher; September 2013 - September 2017
· Planning and delivering maths lessons to year 7-13.
· Creating additional intervention classes for year 11-13 students who wish to prepare for their summer examinations.
· Reflecting on the effectiveness of my teaching practice by evaluating what went well and areas of improvement.
· Employing behaviour management strategies to ensure a safe, secure classroom environment, conducive to learning.
· Working closely with key stakeholders (students, parents, Heads of year, Head of Department) to make immediate change to behaviour, effort and achievement of the students who do not meet their target grades.
· Organising school maths trips across all year groups.
Impact: Over 50% Grade 8/9 in new specimen Edexcel GCSE (9-1); Four year 11 classes with 100% A*-C (2015-2017); record breaking top set class 90% A*/A (2016), .
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