“The only one who could ever reach me
Was the son of a preacher man”
– Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man”
Well, not quite. I am the son of two teachers, though my father has given up teaching to work for a church (so, preacher man?!). My younger sister is in her second year of primary teaching, and at the age of 25, it feels like I have spent half my life finding reasons why I wouldn’t become a teacher. But after 3 years of study and close on 5 years of working in Information Technology, it seems that teaching has been calling me after all.
I’ve signed up as an associate of “Teach for Australia“, a program designed to recruit high-achieving graduates into a 2 year program: teaching in disadvantaged schools. 2010 will be the first year that the program is running, and will only run in Victoria for the initial launch. At this stage I don’t know which school I’ll be teaching in, though we now have a better indication of which regions of the state the schools are situated.
The plan at this embryonic point will be to blog my experiences, as well as content around educational theory and specifically (given that I’ve got an IT background) the use of computers and technology in the secondary classroom. I’m a passionate person, and I get excited about improving the educational experience of students: so hopefully we can carry that through once I get to the classroom.
Welcome to the beginning.