Ben

Teacher Training Scholarship

"Physics is an amazing subject which anyone can access and should embrace."

Before deciding to train to teach I was studying a Theoretical Physics masters degree at University.

There are two reasons for me wanting a career in physics teaching. The first is the typical answer – because I want to make a difference. Job satisfaction is very important to me, so I want to be able to go home in the evening and be able to say to myself that I had a positive influence on at least one person that day. Which all teachers can do, every day.

The second reason is that I think there is currently a problem in the UK with physics having the stereotype of being a subject only “intelligent” people can do, and that it’s a boring subject. I don’t believe this – physics is an amazing subject which anyone can access and should embrace. My main reason for getting into physics teaching is erasing that stereotype attached to physics.

Seeing myself progress as a teacher is definitely an enjoyable part of my training year. Already I am seeing myself progress, which motivates me and makes me excited to carry on.

The Supertrips and Masterclasses that I am invited to as part of my IOP Teacher Training Scholarship are amazing opportunities to network with other scholars around the country. Being able to talk to peers allows you to feel like you’re part of a community who are going through the same highs and lows as you. It’s a great way to gain ideas for lessons. They are also events which give you opportunities to speak to experienced physics teachers from all over the country.

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