English and literary guru Kunle Abrahams, aka Kunyeo, discusses how his love of teaching inspired his resources.
Tell us a little about your teaching background.
I’ve been an educator for over 24 years. I started out studying English and literary studies and went on to complete two Masters’ degree qualifications in Book Publishing/Development and Language and Communication Arts. I followed this with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and have been privileged to spend most of my working life in the classroom. In my current position, I’m teaching the Cambridge English curriculum.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I have a passion and desire to make learning fun for all students. I wrote two postgraduate dissertations on reading habits among children and since then I’ve gone on to explore the power of creative writing in reaching and engaging children in learning.
What made you decide to become a Tes author?
I was introduced to Tes some six years ago by a friend. At the time there weren’t many resources for Cambridge International Examination Advanced Level Literature in English, so I was motivated to contribute resources that teachers in this category would find helpful.
Tell us about the resource you’re most proud of.
One resource that I’m most proud of is an e-book, Critical analysis to 32 songs of ourselves poems because it brought out my best in terms of creativity and resilience. My most downloaded model essay on Silas Marner is also gratifying, having been downloaded 475 times.
What are your tips for new authors?
· Chart a new course; write on a subject that not many have delved into.
· Write with both teachers and students in mind.
· Be clear and unambiguous about your topic and subject.
· Write consistently, because the more you write, the better you’ll become.
· Use feedbacks or review of your resources to improve and get better.