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Thinking about teaching

Watch our video were Ellie Overland explains the purpose of this course and summarises the developments you will make during each week.
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We would like to welcome you to our course where we are thinking about preparing for teaching. The course is designed to get you thinking about education in different ways to how you’ve perhaps done in the past. Some of you may well be planning to become teachers yourselves, and our course will also help you prepare for applications and interviews to initial teacher training courses and make decisions about what type of teacher you would like to be. Most importantly, we hope the course will get you thinking about teaching. So far, you may well have been in the education system as a school pupil and then perhaps as a student.
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Being on the other side of the desk is quite different and needs us to look at education through a different lens. In this course, we meet Skeena who was one of my wonderful students. She trained as a secondary school teacher and now teaches computing in a large inner-city secondary school, and she has already achieved her first promotion. That said, her training year and subsequent years in school have been a steep learning curve, and we hope her experiences will help you develop your own understanding and thoughts on becoming a teacher yourself. Essentially, this course will cover everything that she wishes that she’d known before she started.
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The course has the benefit of being developed within the excellent Faculty of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. As part of this course, we have spoken to a number of different tutors to get their expertise and to help you in developing your ideas and preparations for teaching. Education can change quite a lot over time. Often, one of the first things that students say is it’s very different to when I was at school. It would be really useful to have recently been into a school yourself to observe and see the sort of interactions currently taking place between teachers and students. But don’t worry if you have not done this yet.
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The course will provide opportunities to discuss teaching and observe some examples of classrooms before you embark on your time in school yourself. The first week, we’ll explore why teaching is an exciting career and what sort of things teachers do and what makes a good teacher a really great one. The second week will encourage you to think about education differently and how teachers manage behaviour to make sure that all their students have an opportunity to learn. The third week will probably give you more questions than answers. Have you ever taken a step back to think about why schools are structured the way they are? Why do we teach the subjects that we do?
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By thinking about these questions, it will help you develop your own views and priorities to determine the type of teacher that you would most like to be. We really hope you enjoy the course and it guides you through your first steps into teaching and joining such a fantastic profession. There are plenty of opportunities for discussion and sharing your views so please join the conversation. We really look forward to working with you.
Welcome to the course ‘Preparing for Teaching’.
Ellie Overland, one of our lead educators, explains the purpose of this course and summarises the developments you will make during each week.
Watch this video and have a think about the course ahead. What would you most like to gain from the course ‘Preparing for Teaching’?
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