I have worked in education for over 8 years. I volunteered in a primary classroom one day a week, and because of this, I was lucky enough to get a job at that same school as a Learning & Equalities mentor.
Working with children who would otherwise find it difficult to access the curriculum in traditional ways, by creating films and animations based on what they had been learning in school. This led me to continue my love for computing and how it can enrich education.
Like many PGCE students, my teaching practice had its peaks and troughs, which I believe helped me to develop a strong sense of what my 'teaching' self and pedagogical style were. I kept somewhat quiet about my computing 'nerdery' during my NQT year, then couldn't help myself. Since then, I have delivered CPD to teachers and trainees, become a Barefoot ambassador, CAS community leader, an NCCE facilitator, and developed resources for the classroom, among many other things.
Currently working as the Curriculum Task Design lead at Benton Park Primary School, I work to ensure the curriculum expectations align with the tasks given to children. I enjoy asking the questions: What will the children do? How will they learn? Are they thinking hard?
I will continue to develop my practice and hopefully yours along with me through this site, Twitter, and my face-to-face or digital CPD offerings.