Rebecca Henry - Teaching profile

PGCE Young People and Adult Specialism

Name: Rebecca Henry
Age: 23
Course: PGCE Young People and Adult Specialism
Specialism: Computing

''I was working part time in a post office while completing my BSc (Hons) Applied Computing degree. After I had completed my degree I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching and approached the Newcastle School of Education so I could find out more about the most appropriate teaching course for me.

To enable me to complete the course I had to find a suitable work placement which I managed to secure in September 2013. This opportunity allowed me to work 6 hours a week within the Digital Skills Academy at Newcastle College, assisting other teachers in classes and taking classes of my own.

I was then successful in applying for a part-time lecture position within the Digital Skills Academy at Newcastle College which I accepted in November 2013. As well as teaching I also mark students work, write and update schemes of work and module guides, as well as keeping up to date with records such as registers, learner profiles and learner achievement.

My employer believes the content I am being taught on my course is essential in order for me to gain knowledge on different teaching styles, as well as giving ideas on resources or tasks which could be used in class.

My teaching has improved dramatically from the beginning of the year. My confidence improves with every session I give and I have developed my sessions by using a variety of tasks and resources. The taught sessions I receive have helped give me a good foundation of the theory behind teaching. My work placement and the feedback from my observations by both my mentor and lecturers are helping me with my continued progression''.