When I was offered part-time teaching in a local college, my only previous experience was on the receiving end in school and college. So was that first year so bad?
Students achieved their BTEC units, but by today's standards lesson plans were pretty sketchy. I did weird things like ask learners for feedback so I could analyse where I could improve.
There are concerns that teaching will become a craft, but I feel that we must concentrate on the skills and personalities needed in the classroom to engage learners, rather than spend too much time on theory.
Sally Butler, Education consultant, Lostwithiel, Cornwall.