What made you decide to train as a teacher?
I first worked with young people at a summer camp in Minnesota. This experience was incredible and when I returned I knew that I wanted to follow a career in teaching. I had already developed a love of sport and was completing a sports based degree, so naturally, this was the subject I aimed for. The feeling of passing on knowledge is one I love and continually seek opportunities for this to happen.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
Strathclyde has a fantastic reputation for ITE. I also knew that the person taking charge of the course had an excellent reputation and I wanted to give myself they best opportunity at having a successful PGDE.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Complete as much coaching and working with young people as possible, even if this isn’t in a sporting context, as you are a teacher of pupils before you are a teacher of a subject. Also get into local schools and shadow as many quality practitioners as possible.
What’s the best thing about studying PGDE at Strathclyde?
The amount you learn in such a short space of time. I have learned more about myself in the first few months of the course than I could ever have imagined. It is a huge test, but a rewarding one.
How is your course helping to prepare you for your future career?
We complete a lot of microteaching to develop pedagogical knowledge and sport specific content. Additionally, there is a large focus on lifelong learning. This will enable me to continually improve throughout my career.
What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?
I would like to become a fully qualified teacher following my probation year. After that I would like to feel like I am making a different to pupils I teach and in the long term I would like to become a principal teacher of PE.