The course opened my eyes to what life in the classroom is really like.
Beforehand I had blithely assumed that teachers talked while students listened and took notes. Instead I was thrust into a brave new world of creating lively, interactive lessons for my prospective students – lessons that would engage them and make them want to learn.
Within a few months of starting a one-year postgraduate teaching degree at a highly regarded university, I knew I'd made a terrible mistake.
Like most of my fellow trainees it wasn’t until I stood in front of a class and tried to teach the group of teenagers staring back at me that I realised how difficult teaching is.
By putting adults into the microcosm that is secondary school, we begin to take on the roles of the students, at least when we’re not in front of the classroom.
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