Having been a primary school teacher for a number of years before moving into higher education, teaching has always been something which I have enjoyed professionally and personally.
I believe that it is important to have an open mind and to be prepared to challenge your thinking in order to develop your own understanding and learning.
I want my teaching sessions to be interactive. I do not want to talk 'at' students, and greatly appreciate it when students participate in discussions and get involved. I believe very strongly that students get much more out of teaching sessions if they join in rather than choosing to sit back and let others do the talking.
I gained QTS in my undergraduate degree, and also have a Masters Degree in ICT in the primary school and a Masters Degree in professional studies.
I worked for a number of years as a primary school deputy head teacher before working in higher education.
I am currently placement co-ordinator for the Early Years and Childhood Studies degree.
The early years of a child's life are fascinating; the development that takes place, whether it be physical, cognitive, emotional and so on, is of great interest to me.
I am particularly interested in the affects of technology on children today and how this impacts their every day lives.
I tend to teach on units which cover the following areas:
Early years curriculum
Children's learning and development
I have just completed 5 years as external examiner on a childhood studies degree at Wolverhampton Univeristy.
I am currently an external examiner for a post graduate early years teacher course at the University of Sunderland.