Thanks for stopping in. My name is Sam and I’m currently splitting my time between Perth, Western Australia and Kent, UK. In March this year, I started my initial teacher training course. I have a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts, majoring in Performance, and will be a qualified Drama teacher later this year, once my Graduate Diploma has been completed!
It’s all very exciting, and that’s part of the reason I wanted to start this blog. I really love hearing the stories of teachers online, and there is a wealth of information and experience out there in the online education community. The voices I’ve missed, however, are from those emerging teachers who are like me! I’m ready to get stuck in and get my grubby hands on a class of teenagers, but the process of learning how to teach has been overwhelming at times. Learning how to plan a lesson, how to program a syllabus and how, exactly, I am supposed to deal with a stroppy teen who won’t listen to anything I say, is some pretty hard graft. I salute all those who have come before me!
Daily creativity is important to me. So important in fact, that I left my job in finance to start all over again, in a brand new career. Terrifying, yes, but not quite so terrifying as spending the rest of my life in a job where I felt unfulfilled. My content area will allow me to structure lessons in a totally different way to many teachers, but fundamentally I believe that it is possible to keep creativity at the core of any lesson, and almost any class. This is my project: to keep creativity at the heart of my teaching. To be a creative teacher, in what ever format that might be.
So here we are, friends, and let’s get stuck in!