Why did I choose to become a teacher?

For the past few years, I have known that working with children was the career path I wanted to follow. Completing a one year HNC in Childhood Practice affirmed this belief. Having experience of working with children during their nursery transition phase and seeing the enjoyment, and confidence, they can gain from joining school as a primary one, assured me that teaching would be the career for me.

As a child, I did not particularly enjoy school; the same routine everyday did not present me with an enticing environment in which to learn. As a teacher, I will strive to create an exciting and inviting classroom which is tailored to my pupils in order to support and benefit them as individuals.

As a teacher, I also aspire to be a supportive role model for each child. Teachers do not only have the ability but the obligation to provide this service.  This drives me to be a teacher who both listens to, and respects my pupils.

My many years in the Boys’ Brigade contribute to my desire to not only make education enjoyable, but provide a safe space in which children feel comfortable to learn. The BB gave me opportunities to design and carry out activities with children of a primary school age, as well as the chance to support them and give them someone to confide in.

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.