Critical thinking in the classroom

Ben had planned to pursue a career in physiotherapy when he realised that his skills and passions linked him perfectly with teaching.

"I wanted to do something that made people better. I felt I could connect with secondary students and have an impact," he said.

Specialising in Health and Physical Education, Ben chose to study at Notre Dame on the recommendation of his high school teachers and friends who were current students, along with his experiences of the Notre Dame academic staff.

The high level of practicum, core units and encouragement from his lecturers and tutors equipped Ben with the skills to teach students across a spectrum of academic abilities and build safe, supportive and trusting relationships.

The practical side of Notre Dame is the biggest positive that really makes you job ready.

"Having that extra year of study in the two year Masters has made the world of difference. There was no filler units, everything was applicable to scenarios we would face in real classes.”

“Notre Dame sets a high level of challenge, they really push you to get the most out of yourself. Theory is important. But when you’re out there teaching you have to think on your feet and be flexible. It takes critical thinking to break down concepts and present them in a way that connects with all 32 kids in the class,” Ben said.

During his second practicum Ben was offered a position at Shenton College that allowed him to further build his skills while completing his degree. Ben now plans to move to London and continue broadening his teaching knowledge.

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