I have been teaching all Scene Disciplines for 6 years now, and I have specialised in working with students from poorer, more challenging backgrounds. I am a Physics specialist and I am starting to teach a new course in Astronomy this year at my school. I am not a middle leader within my department (Assistant Head of Science) and my resources have a reputation of being dependable within the department.
I rely on humour in my classroom. I am very much what you would call an "old school" teacher in that I see the benefit of delivering content in a short burst, then the students try it for themselves and I intervene where appropriate. I use some group activities, but these are best used for the appropriate lesson content. I also use experiments wherever possible.
I was awarded a £600 grant from the Institute of Physics on the UK to buy a telescope for my school. Numerous times I have been highlighted within the school for standards of best practice.
My degree is in Audio, Video and Broadcast Engineering from the University of Salford. My PGCE is from Manchester Metropolitan University. I achieved 12 GCSEs when I left school and I have 4 A-Levels.
I exclusively work in a poorer area because that is the background that I have. I strive to set the example of a person that can "make it" from areas like these.