As a Teaching Fellow within the Department for Children and Young People’s Health, I am passionate about the student learning experience. I feel privileged to have joined this amazing team at Birmingham City University in 2016. Working at BCU feels like ‘coming home’ due to the fact that I graduated here in 2009. Having worked in different intensive care settings over the years has resulted in me being a competent nurse, able to plan and prioritise care and demonstrate advanced clinical skills. Since qualifying I have never stopped learning. I have done numerous post graduate courses ranging from the SLAIP course, to the Neonatal Intensive Course and most recently the Post-Graduate Certification in Higher Education.
Historically as a student I was that student, the one whom fell asleep in the back of the classroom. I would attend a session or two and if I found the lecturer indifferent, reading from the PowerPoint and not inspiring me I would resort to auto-didacticism. The traditional model of teaching whereby the teacher deposits knowledge into the minds of students was not a model I ever aspired to. My inspiration is a result of those lecturers who spoke to me and not at me, the ones who adopted a student-centred approach. Their sessions did not solely rely on PowerPoint but they took an alternative approach, challenging me and engaging me, coaching me through my higher education.
I believe in a teaching approach that turns students into active participants rather than passive listeners. I favour certain pedagogical philosophies but I think as educators we switch between philosophies in order to deliver the required educational session depending on the student dynamics and needs. I strive to ensure that students feel in control of their learning and confident within my classroom. I seize every opportunity to add variety to teaching and learning methods and I am not affair to try new things. After all life is about taking chances, trying new things, having fun, making mistakes and learning from them. It is a privilege to be with students as they begin their journey to join our challenging, exciting and varied nursing profession.