First Entry: Why I want to be a teacher

Ever since I can remember I always wanted to become a primary school teacher. To be able to make a difference in a child’s life and see them grow as individuals is a fulfilling experience and an ambition of mine. I began doing voluntary work with children at the age of 15. I began by volunteering at a brownies club every week. I found it extremely rewarding to witness a child’s confidence grow at the outings and camps that I would help supervise. I then began doing more voluntary work such as tutoring a Primary 3 girl, attending Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, gaining a leadership certificate and volunteering at primary schools. All of these experiences prove to me that this is definitely a career I want to pursue.

At college we did two placements. My first placement was at a primary school. I assisted the children in promoting their language, literacy and numeracy skills through writing and interactive activities. I helped the teacher by supporting children that have additional learning needs. In order to do this effectively, I worked with them on a one to one basis. I now feel more comfortable in teaching children with learning difficulties. My second placement was at a nursery. Before this I never considered working at a nursery however i loved it. Being surrounded by children between the ages of a couple of weeks old to 5 years old was so interesting. I went across all rooms and saw how much each child grew from being surrounded by other children their own age. Doing placement at a nursery has made me now consider working at a nursery in the future. 



Welcome to your WordPress eportfolio

Welcome to your ePortfolio. This is where you will document and share your professional thoughts and experiences over the course of your study at the University of Dundee and beyond that when you begin teaching. You have the control over what you want to make public and what you would rather keep on a password protected page.

The ePortfolio in the form of this WordPress blog allows you to pull in material from other digital sources:

You can pull in a YouTube video:

You can pull in a Soundcloud audio track:

You can upload an image or pull one in from Flickr or any other image sharing site.

Teacher, Lorraine Lapthorne conducts her class in the Grade Two room at the Drouin State School, Drouin, Victoria

You can just about pull in anything that you think will add substance and depth to your writing.