Meet the new teachers: from York St John

9th January 2004 at 00:00
Name - Brenda Strachan

Age 21

Subject Upper primary PGCE

Came to teaching from?

Sport science with biology degree from Hull University.

What made you want to teach?

I wanted to go into a career that was rewarding, challenging and, most importantly, be different every day.

Best lecture so far?

The lectures which are jam-packed with creative lesson ideas mostly in literacy, English and science.

Biggest waste of time?

The professional lectures on Piaget and Vygotsky. I find them mind-numbing.

As we only have a year to complete the course I feel that they shouldn't be a priority and basics such as classroom management and other things that people are worried about such as planning would be time better spent.

Inspired by?

My eldest sister who is a fantastic primary school teacher. When I was younger every year she would return home for Christmas and I would drive her crazy asking to hear funny stories about her class. This Christmas I am hoping I might have some anecdotes of my own to add!

Most absurd piece of educational jargon heard so far?

Non-contact time - a ridiculous phrase meaning time away from the class for a teacher to plan and so on.

Can't wait to?

Start teaching! As a teacher I hope that I will be relaxed, creative, practical and interactive. Rather than starting a lesson by simply bombarding a class with a whole load of information, I want to be able to capture their attention in a more quirky and fun way.

Best thing about university life?

Being able to hear about other people's experiences on teaching practice.

This is especially important for me because I am the first trainee teacher they have had at the school where I'm doing my teaching practice.

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