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Ben Spencer

BS

Year 2 Teacher

I joined NAISAK back in 2016 after teaching in Scotland for a year with Year 2/3 children. For the past four academic years I have worked in Year 2 and have been Year 2 leader for the past two years. I have met some amazing students, parents and colleagues over my time here and am excited by the potential of this 2019-2020 academic year.

Growing up as the oldest of four boys influenced my competitive spirit from an early age. I am a highly motivated individual and am focused on fulfilling goals and celebrating achievements. Encouraging children to do the same is an ever-present component of my classroom. I joined NAISAK because it is a school that strives for excellence alongside celebrating achievements. This approach to learning encourages confident learners to become global citizens and promotes children to take responsibility for supporting and respecting their peers in their community.

My background in education started back in 2015, graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a MA (hons) in Primary Education. During my time at University, I undertook a series of placements gaining valuable teaching experience with children from Year 2 to Year 6. Having worked in both key stages, my first job was a composite Year 2/3 teacher in Elgin, Scotland.

Having gained my initial qualification in June of 2015, I embarked on completing my Masters Degree and am currently writing up my dissertation on the best approach to facilitating learning for EAL students in the classroom which I hope will improve my practice.

A common question you get as a teacher is: If I walked into your classroom, what would it be like? If you walked into my classroom, you would see a student-led, engaging, good-humoured environment. My aim this year, as it is and will be every year, is to promote and develop resilient, respectful and reflective learners. These are integral components needed to be a successful learner as well as the enjoyment of coming to school to learn.