Our newest, inspirational #TeachingHero is @mrbeeteach! Check out his interview below, and get in touch if you feel like taking part yourself!
What motivates you to work hard? I have a strong sense of social justice and want to the best from the children in my care. To do this, I need to be the best I can be, always. One of the best things I have done recently is to start a master’s degree in Education. It is allowing me to become a critical thinker while allowing me to understand my own pedagogical approaches. This keeps me motivated.
Where do you go for personal and professional support or advice? I seek professional support from a variety of different people. Many of my friends are teachers and this, I think, has allowed for a strong network of honesty, openness and empathy. Personal support is given from immediate family.
What strategies do you use to manage workload and protect your well being? I ensure I leave work twice a week by 4pm, I actively plan days which require minimal marking (which usually means lots of opportunity for valuable verbal feedback in lesson times), I gym three times a week, I always have a book, unrelated to education or my studies, to read.
What advice would you give anyone who felt like giving up? You learn a lot about yourself when teaching. I often find writing therapeutic and allows for the essence or for a summary of my thoughts. I normally follow this with critical action of how to improve. Perhaps, it is a mind-set or way of being.
Sum up our profession in 5 words. Creative, imagination, passion, learning, hope.