2 August 2022
During my early childhood, my teachers were some of my biggest inspirations, they were fun, caring and excellent role models. I believe this is where my inspiration began into joining the world of Primary Education Studies. When I was young my teachers were those that I looked up to most and I wanted to be like them! Teaching allows for knowledge to be passed on through generations and teaching so far has brought such satisfaction to my life knowing that I am creating even a small part of intellect and positivity for children’s lives.
The best part of the course so far has been the engaging live seminars. The lecturers are very welcoming, encouraging and hold such incredible knowledge of the field, you really feel in safe hands. Don’t forget your fellow students on the course will be facing the same fears, nerves and excitement that you feel on the first day and throughout everyday on your university journey, whether you’re about to begin or even writing final assignments. I would encourage you to work hard and focus on your studies, this way you will get the most out of your degree because the work you put in will be reflected in your everyday studies and with your result. Also, while you are studying get to know the people on your course! Having likeminded people within your circle to discuss the course and everyday life with is so useful. University will gain you friends for life without a doubt.
Working with children outside of university studies is very important and there are many local schools who would be very appreciative of volunteers, this is not only very valuable to the school, students and staff but also to you for your experience. During my own personal teaching journey so far I have volunteered with a few schools in the area, varying in size and background and I have gained important classroom experience which has allowed me to apply practical skills and I can relate to it in my assignments with anecdotes. Alongside working in the classroom environment I have found useful working as a sports coach, babysitting and directing with a local children’s drama group, any experience is a good experience, even down to looking after siblings or family members. Overall if I could give a final piece of advice, it would be this: use your time wisely, get as much experience as you can and if you put the effort in your studies this will be reflected within your teaching and attainments. Best wishes on the course!
By Kieran Chapman