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A result-driven individual who has thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience throughout higher education. My curiosity and passion for my subject has led to regular field trips to visit ancient sites across Europe and participating in voluntary work within the educational Classical Civilisation sector to enhance my teaching experience. Having lived away for my university degree, this bettered my time-management and organisation towards my studies which improved my learning style. I have taken Classical Civilisation since my GCSE year and continued throughout to enjoy the current curriculum, however through experience I have also kept up to date with some changes exam boards may have made, especially OCR. I am currently looking to utilise my teaching and subject specific skills and aim to have a career in teaching in the future.
I have been a teaching assistant in work-experience basis for a Classical Civilisation and Drama teacher in St. Martha's Senior School, Barnet. I was tasked with aiding pupils in up-coming coursework deadlines, covering classes while teachers were absent, archiving previous coursework and generally engaging with the students for the daily school routine. This enabled me to work with students both in groups and individually during practical coursework and have a concise and organised approach to teaching students with mixed abilities.
I am currently working with the Iris Project, an organisation which aims to enhance the awareness of Classical Civilisation as a valuable subject. Most recently they have organised Classics Fairs in London which held 120+ students and presented four different types of beginners classes to students aged 12-18. I have been able to shadow lecturers as they presented non-traditional forms of teaching to apply information in an innovative and interesting manner. As I have chaperoned the groups during the fair I had to be readily available to promote Classics to them and answer any questions they may have about any given subject during that day.
I believe in a practical way of learning, meaning that it will aid the student to actively talk with the tutor about the topic in order to encourage a deeper understanding. Once the student has mastered the knowledge of facts in a confident and organised way it then makes essay writing (or context question answers) increasingly more manageable. In relation to revision, creating spider-diagrams is particularly useful in Classics as it enables the student to condense the information for each topic/character/theme thoroughly and creatively which will outline how the information intertwines with other topics and therefore enhance their understanding.
My passion and experience in Classics has enabled me to always have a fresh mind about the ancient world and relate it to today's world. This has been outlined in my own production of the tragic play, the Bacchae, which I produced and re-wrote into a New York based mafia style production during sixth form. This adaptation was mainly due to the students having a better understanding in a modern context and language rather than the ancient. I believe this change encouraged the students to enjoy and understand the play in this context and helped them win the drama competition, and a similar approach is very effective when teaching.
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