Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education (Secondary major, Maths/Science stream)
In my short time at UTS I have been able to increase my teaching skills greatly whilst having a lot of fun along the way. In my classes I have gained knowledge from my lecturers and tutors, as well as my fellow classmates, as they span from a diverse range of locations and backgrounds, allowing for my interest and passion for education to grow.
Prior to my first placement, my expectations of teaching didn’t go beyond its face value that I had experienced as a student. On my first day of prac at Georges River College Oatley, Senior Campus, I was able to witness first-hand the amount of preparation and considerations that teachers must complete, in order to give their students the best possible lesson and overall learning experience. This, whilst daunting, was important for me to realise, as this initial fear later turned into motivation when I was able to observe my supervising teacher be so passionate about all aspects of teaching.
It was also exciting to witness the ideas and teaching methods that we had learned in class being practised by my supervising teacher. It was even more exciting later in the prac, when I was able to personally use these methods to interact with students and then reflect on the success of the methods.
Personally, this placement was eye-opening and completely changed my opinion of teaching as a career. This prac has since motivated me and increased my passion for teaching as a career.
Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education (Science: Biology stream)
The Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Education degree has been made by the wonderful teaching staff and the large number of placements.
I have had so much fun undergoing this degree. From the wonderful supportive staff that I don’t believe you could find at any other Uni, to the amazing support from other students in your cohort. The practicals I feel really make this degree stand out against others. There is nothing that compares to the experience and knowledge you gain on placement.
The most amazing experience I had on placement was on my very last day when a few of the year 7 boys in my class came up to me at the end of the lesson with a letter they had written, thanking me for my lessons and teaching them over the three weeks. It really moved me and highlighted the impact teachers can have on students. I believe there is nothing more valuable than placements for students studying teaching. As good as you may be at theory and assignments, nothing will prepare you more for your career after university than your own first-hand experience in schools.
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