Training to teach computing
Terri has always wanted to teach, and a combination of good and bad experiences at school is what’s motivated her to follow this ambition. “The good teachers I had at school would always encourage me to do my best – reassuring me that it didn’t matter if I got things wrong. I always remember working hard for the teachers I liked, and I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from that.”
It’s the constant changes within computing that attracted Terri to the subject. “It’s never going to be the same. From year to year technology evolves, which has an impact on the way we teach things – so the curriculum is always evolving, too. I remember when I was at school and how different it was then – it was all about spreadsheets and databases, but now it’s all about new technologies.”
Outlining the wide range of job opportunities computing can offer students, Terri explains how important it is for her to rouse enthusiasm for her subject and to relay the career potential it offers. As a trainee, Terri enjoys all the time she spends in school watching and learning from other teachers. “Recently I observed two of the same lesson by two different teachers, and it was nice to see alternative approaches to teaching the same topic.”
Having completed a business management degree, Terri was initially concerned about her subject knowledge. But with a comprehensive training plan and regular subject knowledge audits – she knows she’ll be more than prepared to deliver her subject with confidence.
Talking about what she thinks makes a good teacher, Terri says the most important thing is to have a sense of humour. “You’ve got be supportive, organised and enthusiastic about your subject, but you’ve got to be funny with it. I’ve only done a week and a half in my school so far and it’s been absolutely amazing. It’s going to be hard work, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.”
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