9th May 2018
Higher Education students studying the PGCE qualification held a Specialist Conference at the College this month. The ‘future teachers’ each presented a project to give an overview of their interests and thoughts on education today.
With topics ranging from “What happens in the Further Education Mathematics Classroom?”, “Consequences of Curriculum Change; GCSE Biology”, “Pedagogy for the transnational classroom” and “Being resilient: sustaining in a career in Lifelong Learning”, the Conference was informative and enlightening for both students and tutors.
PGCE student Stuart Fanshaw presented a paper on “Maths is as boring as we choose to make it”. He makes the point that tutors need to get students on their side, saying: “We don’t tend to look at Mathematics from a motivational perspective, more from a point of view of loading information that has to be delivered and learned. Instead we should be motivating students to learn.”
The Conference also hosted two keynote lectures from Sharon Smith, Deputy Principal; Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Development at York College who spoke about “Curriculum Reforms and T Levels”, and Debs Philip, Head of Division, Initial Teacher Training (Lifelong Learning) at the University of Huddersfield who gave an insight into; “Walking through treacle; the personal experience of autism.”
Mike Saunders, Head of Adult Learning and Curriculum at York College was inspired by the students’ presentations: “They each demonstrated a depth of understanding about their specific specialist areas and exhumed an energy that is lovely to see – they are the teachers of tomorrow and it is good to know education is in their very capable hands.”