From York Students In Schools To KEEN
Incoming Project Co-ordinator Alex looks to stay top of the class as he considers his route to a teaching career.
Of course it isn’t all fun and games in the classroom - unfortunately there’s little time for KEEN-style games when SATs are approaching! – but the skills and attitude I’ve gained from going to KEEN are invaluable in the primary setting. And, naturally, it, like my weekly school placements, serves as a fantastic break from studying; there’s no time to think about deadlines when you’re focused on finding out who the murderer is in ‘Wink Murder’ so you re-enter the reality of university work feeling happier and refreshed. If nothing else, KEEN is perfect for a study break!
I’m very excited about being elected as the next Project Coordinator of KEEN, and before that I had a taster session that I ran to see if the role was right for me. That showed just show different the experience was compared to the classroom – it’s a lot harder to manage the room, and the five claps that instantly gains the attention of thirty Year 2s aren’t really applicable here.
But I have no doubt that the skills I’ll develop as Project Coordinator will be immensely useful in the classroom and I can’t wait for the year ahead as I get to become more involved with the society that I had stumbled across but now couldn’t appreciate more.
Ultimately, whether you’re interested in teaching or not, I really recommend joining KEEN. It doesn’t take up much time – only an hour a week! – but it’s so much fun, it leads to such great skills… and, well, you never know: you might just be inspired to teach.