I grew up in the South East of England (Kent) with my parents and older sister. I’ve always been interested in how children learn, and my first degree in Psychology gave me a great insight into this. During this time, I lived in London for three years and developed an admiration for big cities and all the exciting things they have to offer. My fascination with new cities continued when I took a gap year after my degree and explored South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I have now been in Chicago for three years and love living here! I especially like the various neighborhoods within the city and how they all offer something a little different.
Learning should be personalized to each student. Children are individuals and learn in different ways. I believe my background in Psychology and Special Educational Needs has well equipped me in understanding how individual children learn. This has allowed me to tailor my teaching to the individual needs of my pupils.
Personalized learning is fundamental in Early Years, as this is when a child’s approach to learning is developed. I believe, when learning is personalized, it is challenging, exciting, and engaging. It allows individuals to reach their optimum potential and achieve more. My implementation of personalized learning was praised by Ofsted in March 2016. My Early Years Foundation Stage Department was awarded Outstanding (as was the whole school) specifically noting individuals making a “flying start” in Early Years. Having spent eight years as an Early Years Foundation Stage teacher, I have developed a strong awareness of the positive impact personalized learning can have on a child’s attitude to learning and their desire to be inquisitive.