Trainer, Consultant and Writer
I was able to share the way I taught chronology in school which inspired a number of teachers to adopt my ideas.
My favourite memories from my time at Leeds Trinity University
Playing hockey for the University's team was hilarious because we were terrible. The best part was when we drew with Leeds Beckett University because we were used to losing badly to them. The other great times were when we went on visits to places like Murton Park to look at Victorian agriculture.
I forged a great professional relationship with lecturer Bev Forrest which would provide me with many opportunities after graduating.
The Northern History Forum
I attended several workshops that Bev organised through the Northern History Forum and she has introduced me to other people from the heritage and education community. From this, I have written various articles for the Primary History Journal alongside Bev, and we had a regular series about planning primary assemblies. In March 2015, we co-presented a workshop focusing on the teaching of chronology in school. I was able to share the way I taught chronology in school which inspired a number of teachers to adopt my ideas.
Working with Bev
Working with Bev really opened lots of doors for me, including having articles published. She very kindly invited me along to a joint trip between the University of Cumbria and Leeds Trinity University to Ypres to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. This was a great experience and something the class I was teaching enjoyed learning.
The typical day of a teacher
Work starts at about 7.45am getting things ready for lessons, marking work from the previous day and attending the occasional meeting. The children arrive at 8.45am and teaching takes place until midday.
Afternoon sessions begins at 1.00pm and the children leave at 3.20pm. I mark work, prep for the following day and adjust plans until around 5.30pm when I go home. When I get home I have a break until about 7.00pm and then do other work until 10.00pm.