BSc Hons, PGCE
My journey to China began in South East London, where I had moved after completing first my Mathematics degree at Bath University and then my PGCE. I taught ages 11-18 for four years at a diverse school with students from a number of backgrounds. My Further Mathematics A level classes often featured students originally from China, so to get to know them better I started learning to speak Chinese, which was a challenge I enjoyed. When the opportunity arose to move abroad, I took it, and am about to start my third year in China.
In my subject Mathematics in particular the seemingly always looming examination pressure can potentially cause some of the joy to be stripped from topics. I relish the challenge of structuring lessons that cause students to think, rather than simply remember, helping to develop their problem-solving abilities and preparing them for further study in their chosen area. As with any skill this needs to be introduced gradually, but the aim is to promote curiosity and resilience, which leads to more enjoyable lessons for all.