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Adam Rogers (’08) Ambassador
Studied Computer Sciences, Sheffield Hallam
Now Director of year 9 progress
My first lesson was a year 11 lesson, so obviously they knew the school better than I did. It was quite a harrowing experience to start with year 11’s lining up, taller than me and all very confident, with me standing at the front trying to control them. You feel completely out of your depth at first but everyone feels like that and you’re certainly not alone. Then you get the first couple of days out the way and it really becomes quite natural and you start to work on your interpersonal skills and relationships with the kids and you learn how to get them on your side.
I try to use a lot of humour. Whether they actually find me funny or they think I’m quite sad is beside the point. It normally works quite well to engage them. Trying to get them standing rather than sat at a computer is also quite good. Not giving them tasks where they have to monotonously type or they have to stay in their seat all lesson.
My piece of advice would be that you won’t know everything to start with, and don’t expect yourself to. I went in and wanted to immediately be very good at what I did. You don’t know how to do a great job to start with, you have to learn that, so don’t worry that you don’t know everything to start with.
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