I am a qualified teacher with PGCE and QTS, a degree in Early Childhood and Masters in International Child Studies. Experience working with students who are non-verbal, have complex needs, autism including high-functioning autism, challenging behaviour, PMLD, ADHD/ ADD, anxiety, cognition and learning difficulties, dyslexia and dyscalculia. I am currently training to become a specialist teacher in Dyslexia.
Teaching Maths: I have taught maths using concrete examples and getting children to manipulate the objects themselves to make their own observations. Short snippets of theory mixed with practical activities are best for experiencing maths first hand. I like to incorporate all types of disciplines - children might make up a song about multiplication to learn their times tables.
My specialist experience working with students with anxiety: At my school we introduced a worry box for children who didn’t feel able to share their worries directly with me or who just wanted to remain anonymous. This helped to foster a warm caring environment where children’s worries could be addressed in the confines of the classroom. We also used a buddy mentoring scheme where children who needed extra support was paired with a buddy who sat next to them in class and at lunch and made sure that at playtimes and break they were alright. I had regular daily chats with children and their parents to make sure they were happy and feeling safe.
My experience boosting confidence and self-esteem: Creating a safe and secure environment was the first port of call and having regular good communication between all those involved with the child was close behind. Gaining the children’s attention through eye contact (where possible). Listening and observing the child to create lesson plans which met their needs whilst encouraging and rewarding progress no matter how small all helped to support and provide help where needed.
My specialist experience providing fun sessions to help students engage in learning: I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. I like to use a play-based approach to instil a lifelong love of learning. Making lessons fun and engaging ensure sustained motivation and build resilience. A specialist experience has to be tailored for the child so it might be learning measurement and weight through cooking and eating or sensory play that stimulates a child’s senses as well as anything which engages movement and balance. I love the subjects that I teach, and I know how to make them come alive for my pupils.
My skills and experience supporting students to develop their independence: I believe that children who are given responsibilities in the classroom and school help to foster their independence. Regular appropriate tasks and asking children to complete the task that they believe is best for them is a simple technique to ensure that children take charge of their learning.
My specialist experience teaching students with high-functioning autism: During my second year of teaching I taught a cohort of children who mostly presented with some form of high functioning autism. Through thoughtful parent questionnaires we compiled a list of favourite things the children were interested in and incorporated the topics into our planning immediately enabling them to contribute about their favourite thing. This led to starting different research projects that put the children in charge of their own learning.
I like to foster a positive learning environment, developing creative lessons that appeal to learners. I make short and long term goals focusing on the child’s ability to reach them and what that will look like. Sessions will be well planned and include next steps. I have an energetic manner well placed to meet the needs of all pupils.
I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. I like to use a play-based approach to instil a lifelong love of learning. Making lessons fun and engaging ensure sustained motivation and build resilience. I love the subjects that I teach, and I know how to make them come alive for my pupils.
I went to drama school and I taught cooking for many years. I love using acting to help build story skills and watching chefs using crazy ingredients!