I have decided to start my own blog. When I was fresh out of university I had a website which I ran for a few years where I showcased some of the multimedia work I was doing and I really enjoyed documenting all my work.
I then changed careers and went from working back to studying and then starting my new career in teaching. It has been a great experience so far, with its ups and downs but definitely worth it. Now that I work with children I can’t think of a better job, although it is highly demanding and extremely exhausting and a continuos uphill battle…I still love it!
I started at an International school in Spain, where I had my first experience and taught KS3 ICT and Design Technology. From there I got a teaching post in a unique place in the world, the Seychelles. I moved with my then girlfriend and we both worked in the only International school on the Island. I was working across Key Stages teaching ICT/Computing from year 3 all the way to the Cambridge IGCSE ICT course in years 10 and 11. Working with students from different ages and levels has given me invaluable experience as a teacher. My girlfriend who that summer became my wife was working as an Early Childhood teacher and we both had an amazing 2 years in a small school but with excellent students.
After two years in the Seychelles we were ready to move on and were looking to grow professionally. This lead us to move all the way to Malaysia to work in an international school in Kuala Lumpur. I am now working as a primary school classroom teacher in KS2 and my wife is a classroom teacher in KS1, it has been hard work adapting to our new surroundings but it has been a rewarding experience so far.
The differences between the two schools is huge. We now work in an apple school with a 1-1 iPad program from Year 3 and a dedicated EdTech department that looks after technology in school. I have always loved technology, studying a degree in Digital Media Development from Brighton University, and the opportunity to work in a school where technology is so important makes me excited for the future!
So, back to the main question – Why Blog? Well I have been a part of the ‘online’ educators community for a while now….reading amazing posts from amazing teachers all over the world. Following people who share ideas and create discussions online and now that I work in a school that supports its teachers and where opportunities exist to develop, I would also like to document and share my work with others.