School of Teacher Education and Professional Development
“Training to become a teacher is interesting as you are constantly learning something new every day and that’s what keeps me motivated.”
I first became interested in teaching when I gained voluntary experience working one-to-one, twice a week for three years with primary school children. The open days were a great opportunity to speak to tutors, attend talks and gain more insight into this course. I also know some fellow students who study at Manchester Metropolitan University and they recommended it.
Overall the course is well organised, and I feel extremely supported both by my personal and academic tutors who always make time for me. One of the best aspects of the course has been the close quarter sessions which are more personal than lectures and enable the class to share ideas and experiences. The units are very useful as they spark extra interest about other aspects of teaching that you may not be aware of and the campus has all the facilities and resources to help me with university work and classroom preparation.
I’m currently on placement at St John’s Primary School, working with key stage 1 and 2 children which I am really enjoying. Placements were a big adjustment for me as I went from working one-to-one with children to large classes, but it has been a great experience as I have learnt a lot about children and classroom management. The teachers really go out of their way to help and have made me feel welcome.
Training to become a teacher is interesting as you are constantly learning something new every day and that’s what keeps me motivated. Learning at university is great, but you can only learn so much from books, you have to learn on the job. The placements and experience are is essential to becoming a teacher.
I would definitely recommend this course. If you are considering applying I would advise you to get into schools and gain as much experience as you can, than you can ask yourself if teaching is really what you want to do.