I am a 34 year-old qualified Teacher of English,Drama and History, currently teaching at a senior school in Wimbledon. I am extremely interested in all areas of English and Drama, and hope to share my enthusiasm with the pupils I tutor. I understand the importance of English in everyday life and enjoy seeing pupils' confidence and enjoyment increase as their understanding of the subject develops.
I am currently working at a school in Wimbledon teaching pupils of all abilities. Differentiation is key; the majority of my classes are mixed ability, meaning that personalising learning is extremely important. During my teaching, I enjoy trying new activities which allow the pupils to become independent and able to solve problems for themselves. This process of discovery is fascinating and as a teacher I am continually learning and developing as much as the pupils.
In terms of GCSE and A Level, I have taught both AQA and Edexcel exam specifications and enjoy the variety that these courses offer. I have taught students with a variety of learning difficulties, students who adore English and Drama as much as I do, and those who have become completely disheartened with it! In each case, there is always a way to improve and develop the vital skills that English and Drama offer.
Having studied and taught both English and Drama, I have found that using drama methods as a way of exploring English can be extremely successful and enjoyable. As a keen photographer, and having studied photography, I have found the power of images incredibly useful in breaking down and exploring some of the key themes involved in the poetry, prose and drama that students study.
I believe that the 1:1 tutor time is invaluable, in that it allows all questions to be asked and answers discovered together. It also allows for true personalisation; each student has different strengths and weaknesses and each brings their own way of learning to the session. I am extremely keen that the student participates as much as possible, as far more is learned through doing than listening. Developing these independent skills will not only help in this subject, but across the curriculum and into other areas of life. Most of all. I hope to encourage an enthusiasm for these subjects and develop students' confidence to use them.
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|Warwick University||2010||PGCE||English and Drama|
|Leeds College of Art and Design||2006||College||HND Photography|
|Loughborough University||2005||Bachelors||English with North American Film and Literature|
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