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The beginning of my ITT journey

September 10, 2014

I’ve known I wanted to teach since eight years old, the big question was which subject?


Throughout high school I became inspired by the staff in the design and technology department and gained a great love for the subject. I knew that I had to inspire the next generation to influence future invention, creativity and sustainability just as they had inspired me.


A visit to a special needs education unit confirmed this when I saw first-hand how much the students enjoyed the practical element of the subject, the pride they had when able to successfully manufacture their own product while expressing their own creativity and their skill in interpretation of the design. 


The first week of initial teacher training is over and I have learned so much in what has felt a very long five days. Each morning the alarm rings at 6am! Every day however has brought something new, and each morning I look forward to the day ahead.


During the first week we have debated as a group questions such as “what is learning?” and “what makes a good teacher?”. This has led to some rather humorous and dramatic performances and presentations, helping us all get to know each other and make some new friends along the way.


Taking part in the every lesson outstanding course has helped me set personal goals and given me a better understanding of what it takes to deliver the very best lessons. Many of the staff have kindly welcomed us to take part in their lessons throughout the week. This has been thoroughly enjoyable and has also given me my first insight into what is to come during the pending weeks training, alongside the very experienced staff at Shotton Hall.


Alexandra Hall, Shotton Hall school direct trainee

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