This Teacher’s Day, we would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all teachers (professors, instructors, mentors) who have made invaluable contributions to educating future leaders. We’ve invited 5 professors from the University of Nottingham (our Partner University) who are teaching on the Master of Arts in Education programme, to share their beliefs and what keeps them going amidst the current difficult times and their advice on how you too can overcome challenges in your studies and work.
Read on to find out.
“COVID-19 is certainly a disruption (a positive one) to higher education. The world, in just one year, has moved beyond online and blended learning. We are now engaged in reaping the benefits of technology by looking at asynchronous teaching, flexible residential requirements, and moving towards truly global degrees.
Perhaps my professional legal background and the understanding that there was (and continues to exist) a huge gap in education policy research and advisory inspired me to embark on this field.
As mostly a glass-half-full kind of person, I believe in doing everything to the best of my abilities and with no regrets. I am also a good problem solver. I thrive in finding solutions, and these get me high!”
“Leadership is an intriguing field for me. There is so much to learn and experience while constantly moving into new horizons as this is a dynamic realm across all fields, not least in education.
I embrace challenges and befriend them. Challenges in work-life are a normal phenomenon that provides the impetus for further growth. You might not be able to overcome them, but you will definitely end up at a different level.”
|“Online teaching has been a steep learning curve, but I am humbled by how it has forced me to revisit the fundamentals of teaching in order to stay connected and be inclusive with my students. I love the feeling of seeing people grow and succeed in what they are doing; hence I am determined to delve deep and do well in my area of expertise.”|
“I am currently working on an exciting Pearson PTE-A project to bring further validation evidence from different angles in order to broaden our knowledge in the area of standardised language testing.
On some days, everything seems like a challenge; but with grit and resilience, things can move on. I constantly remind myself that it is worth doing it for the students and their development.”
|“My experience working with individuals with learning disabilities inspired me to build my expertise in this field. I do encounter challenges from time to time, but they are not insurmountable, and I overcome them by working together with my colleagues as a team.”|