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Rosie smart

Rosie Smart

University
University of Southampton
Degree
Physics
“ I believe that the ability to show students the aspects of physics, from the quandaries of the quantum realm to the grace of space, is what brings such interest to teaching physics. ”

I have always felt that an office job wouldn’t suit me, and as I went further into the sciences culminating in my physics degree the idea of a job as a researcher worried me. The thought that after a lifetime of research I could fail to leave an impact in the field discouraged me. When I found the FTS programme I saw an opportunity to use my enjoyment of learning in a way that would have an impact on society. While the thought of starting work in a new school in a new city is scary, I am intrigued and excited for the opportunities that this will bring. The potential to get involved in the school’s extra-curricular activities will allow me to continue my passion for Duke of Edinburgh, and I may also develop new interests.

Through teaching physics I hope to be able to help my school develop the style and method of teaching physics, so that students no longer feel like it is a subject of labelling but the start of an adventure. Physics is awesome! It aims to formulate everything – from the small scale quantum realm to the entire universe – into elegant equations. I believe that the ability to show students the aspects of physics, from the quandaries of the quantum realm to the grace of space, is what brings such interest to teaching physics. Students need to have enthusiastic and passionate teachers which will lead them to develop their knowledge outside and beyond the curriculum through personal interest.

While I am excited to start as a teacher, I am worried about the challenges which are coming, for example rebelling teenagers, and managing to balance work and home life whilst still creating interesting and engaging lesson plans. These aspects are scary but I believe that the feeling of accomplishment each day will make teaching a passion as well as a job. My most ambitious goal is for my students to look forward to their weekly physics lesson.

 

Have I got what it takes?

Have I got what it takes?

  • Are you passionate about maths or physics?
  • Do you enjoy solving problems?
  • Do you work well with other people?
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