Teaching Personal Statement
I firmly believe there is no role in society that is more crucial than teaching, which shapes children’s lives and prepares them for adulthood. My desire to teach developed around an ethos of making a difference in young people's lives. My own education had a strong influence on me as the teachers I encountered, including my parents who were also teachers, left a strong imprint on me. Their ability and dedication when it comes to inspiring and educating children continues to inspire me in turn. My aspiration to teach Science has been nurtured over the course of my early education. Science is an important tool for young people as this knowledge will relate, and give meaning, to each part of our day-to-day life.
I have had an enjoyable few years working in Brunel University, which has enabled me not only to develop a high level of understanding in Science while also providing excellent experience in developing interpersonal skills, leadership and character.
Experience is crucial to developing further ideas about teaching. Therefore I am currently working as Physics Technician in a secondary school, where I spend most of my time observing and helping out with lessons. Most of these are in Physics, but I have also observed lessons in Chemistry and Biology covering both practical and theoretical approaches. During these lessons, I have seen many challenging situations within the classroom and observed how they have been dealt with. Each day offers a different experience and the job has been a steep learning curve. It is this constant variety and challenge that inspires me to make teaching my career.
Recently I also undertook short training courses on Behaviour for Learning and Health and Safety. These have proven very useful when I have been involved with the running of Physics A-level Practical lessons within the classroom, either demonstrating or assisting them with ICT support. I also play a major part in AS-Level Assessments and Practical exams. I have worked alongside teaching staff whilst the 21st century Science was introduced to my current school, so am also fully aware of the Key stage 4 scheme of work.
My decision to apply to teach at secondary level is based not only upon my wish to teach Science, but also my belief that this stage is most important in a young person’s development. It is here that I believe I have the best chance of making a difference in vulnerable young people’s lives. I have had a few inspirational teachers during my experiences at school, which has helped me to turn into the person I am today. I hope to emulate these teachers and provide the same inspiration for others.
In my spare time, I enjoy working with a youth and junior church group run by our local church. I have also staged performances of Skits and Plays during festive seasons and for other special Charity events. I consider myself a motivated, dynamic person who is an excellent team player. If presented with the opportunity I feel that I can bring a great deal to the teaching profession.
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