When I was studying for my maths degree, lots of people asked if I was going to be a maths teacher. Ugh, what a horrific thought, choosing to spend all week with teenagers. No, I wasn’t going to be a maths teacher. That said, I’ve always had a lingering thought that what I really wanted to do was help people to be as enthusiastic about maths (and science in general) as I was.
I guess my time in the voluntary sector has been along a similar theme, helping people to understand what technology is and how it can help them. I would like to do more though. I’d like to learn how to be a better trainer and also start to explore whether or not ‘teaching’ in a formal environment would suit me.
So, brand new for 2013 I’ve signed up to do a PTLLS course, the introductory qualification you need to teach in the lifelong learning sector if, like me, you don’t have any formal teacher training. It’s all a bit daunting really. I haven’t done any academic study for over 10 years and probably haven’t written an essay for a good 15. I don’t start for a few weeks but as soon as I do I’ll probably use this blog to capture some of what I’m thinking and feeling.
I wonder if this is a good excuse to get a new notepad?
[Please don't leave any comments here telling me how much schools need maths teachers and how rewarding it is to teach children, I'm really not going to change my mind, believe me.]