So here’s a little about me, author of this weblog.
Name: Gareth Sugrey
Age: not important
Occupation: Educator of children (well, teenagers @ High School – 12 to 18)
I am a husband (of 28 years standing), father of two great teenagers, an educator of children and teacher of Technology. If you count my probation year then I’ve been teaching for 11 years (in Fife).
Prior to starting my PGCE I was a Projects Manager for OIPT in Yatton (near Bristol). Before that I worked for SEH(E), a Japanese silicon manufacturer, where I held post as an Engineer, Senior Engineer, Principal Engineer and latterly Production Manager.
My degree is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering which I obtained from Napier University. Before all that I spent 12 years in HM Naval Base Rosyth as a Mechanical Fitter, during which time I also worked as a part-time youth-worker in Kirkcaldy.
My Take (on it all).
I believe that knowledge is best constructed by the individual in a social context and as social animals we learn best when learning is a social activity, therefore teaching is all about relationships. Learning should be active with many paths to a given goal. To this end the classroom should be a socially and educationally safe environment; where pupils can express themselves verbally or artistically without fear of ridicule; where they have the right to be wrong in exploring their understanding [it’s not about not falling down, but how we get back up], with no attached consequences (asides from that for persistent inappropriate behaviour) and where they can build on their understanding led by a professional and supported by their peers. Learning should be fun, lest we forget!