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Rachel Knowles

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Year 4 Teacher and Literacy Coordinator

Having graduated with a BA in Economics from Durham University, England, I moved to Africa and worked with NGOs. This fostered my interest in teaching and I returned to England to study for my PGCE in Primary Education. After several years in London, I decided to venture to pastures new again. I enjoyed working in schools in Portugal, Vietnam and Mexico where I have had the opportunity to work with incredible children and teachers, from whom I have learnt a lot. After six years in tropical climates, I decided to brace myself for the cold of Poland and make the move back to Europe and experience teaching in a country I had never visited before.

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Our role as teachers has moved a long way from the notion of a teacher being an unquestionable fountain of all knowledge who imparts information to be committed to memory and churned out at test times. Rather, the resurgent enquiry based learning model allows us to become facilitators of learning who guide children to derive their own understanding through enquiry and experience. We are helping to unlock their ability to think for themselves and to ignite sparks of interest that they will hopefully carry with them through their lives. Through the nurturing of skills, values and attitudes, we are giving them the tools to cope with the challenges and demands of a fast moving society. At The British School, Warsaw we are a highly international school and as such, the way we teach aims to help the children to recognise their place as not just members of a family or a school, but as global citizens who have a responsibility to the planet and everyone in it. Above all else, I always aim to encourage my students to be the best human beings they can possible be.

what the students say

Ms Knowles is a kind teacher who cares about the environment and who really helps our learning skills by getting us to think more and more about things ourselves. Rhianna R

I really like Ms Knowles because she makes lessons funny and she really cares about her children. Tereza P

I really like our lovely teacher because we have learnt so much and done so much with her and we know she likes us a lot because she calls us ‘munchkins’ and ‘my lovely class’. Weronika J

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