Hannah Macguire

Why did you choose teaching?
For as long as I remember I wanted to be a teacher. During my time in school, I had teachers I adored and teachers I found unfair. I aspired to be the teacher that motivated me every lesson and I also aspired not to be the teacher that didn’t. I feel I can make a difference to pupils’ educational experience.
After finishing school and college I took a year out to work full time as a care assistant. After just over a year of working I felt I could do more, I began to look what was on offer and found the unique Certificate of Higher Education: Introduction to Secondary Teaching course at the University of South Wales. I then continued to study the two-year BSc Secondary Mathematics with Science with QTS degree.
What have you learnt?
The most important lesson I learnt from my very first placement is to not care if the pupils like you or not. I’m not there to be their friend; I am there to be their teacher and role model.
Throughout my first placement I had two main targets - my voice projection and classroom management. Now, in my final placement, these targets are a personal strength. I am a lot more confident, organised and I have a much louder voice (which definitely helps!).
What would be your advice to anyone considering teaching as a career?
My advice to prospective teaching students is to look for a course that gives you as much hands-on experience as possible as this is by far the most valuable learning tool. What pupils think teachers do and what teachers actually do is very different!

Teaching is hard, but it is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. 

North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education  South East Wales Centre for Teacher Education South West Wales Centre for Teacher Education