I love teaching the KS3 light topic – The Institute of Physics blog
I was working at a world telecoms firm as a Network Security Specialist. I realised that though my job was technical I was lacking physics and I wasn’t doing what I wished to be doing in 10 years’ time. I was being quick tracked onto administration schemes and sat again for a minute to consider whether or not that was truly what I wished to do. It was troublesome to see it objectively as they have been paying excess of a lecturers’ wage however I realised it was extra vital that I was completely satisfied. I wished to maneuver to working someplace the place I felt I was making a constructive distinction to individuals’s lives, not simply serving to a wealthy firm get richer.
I’m taking the university-led route to realize QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). I selected this route as a result of I wished to get an excellent grounding in the concept of teaching in addition to getting good expertise in a faculty. It additionally means I met masses of different trainee lecturers which makes the complete course of simpler. It’s a troublesome yr, so having individuals who know what you’re going by way of is admittedly useful. The route I selected additionally provides you masses of assist and also you aren’t pushed into the deep finish teaching 30 classes every week. You construct up steadily as your confidence grows which was what I wished.
“I wanted to move to working somewhere where I felt I was making a positive difference to people’s lives”
I love teaching the KS3 Light topic. It contains difficult ideas however it’s so attention-grabbing for the Y7s and so they appear to essentially love it. There are additionally some nice practicals you are able to do with them. Other than that it must be A-level Astrophysics (I’m an Astrophysicist by commerce) as a result of stars are superior.
Applying for the IOP scholarship made me rather more assured in my skill to show. I felt a bit rusty on my physics as I have been working for a couple of years exterior physics now. The IOP interview day was rather more troublesome than the college interview day and actually pushed me to know my stuff and be capable of articulate myself correctly. The individuals in the IOP are so useful and full of concepts, I’ve already had a bunch of lesson concepts to check out. We additionally bought some stickers with some superb physics puns on them which the youngsters love!
- The Institute of Physics is awarding Teacher Training Scholarships to people who’ve spectacular topic information, a ardour to share their topic and the dedication to grow to be an distinctive instructor of physics. IOP students will profit from £28,000 tax-free funding, in addition to a bundle of assist that features CPD, networking occasions and IOP membership. Find out extra and apply.