Hi, my name is Paul-Stevens-Fulbrook. I am a high school science teacher, head of KS3 Science (year/grade 7-8), trainee teacher mentor and education blogger. I am currently working in a very large high school in the South of England. I am married with 5 children (3 of my own and 2 step children).
I have been teaching since 2012 and of all my careers to date, this is by far the most rewarding. It is also the most difficult; both in terms of how much extra work is required and how mentally taxing it can be. In short, it’s bloody hard work! However, I wouldn’t change it for all the world.
Despite all the admin tasks and stress, I get to work with amazing students from many different backgrounds who light up my day as much as I try to light up theirs. School can be difficult for many, I certainly didn’t enjoy my time at school, except for a couple of subjects where I was inspired and encouraged by a couple of brilliant teachers, teachers who used their personality to bring the best out of me; a method I use to this day.
My persona in class and around the school is my slightly “out there” normal self dialled up to 11. I teach at 100 mph. Regularly I can be found leaping from desks, making up stupid songs about science that will stay in my students head for ever or doing my world famous bee impression to show how they pollinate plants.
My classroom is my stage, my theatre and it’s all for one reason….engagement!
Like many teachers, I often found things a bit of a struggle both in and out of school. Sometimes when I needed help or development in school, there was either not enough time to get it or it just wasn’t available when I needed it. Also, like many others, I struggle with money and being able to fit exercise into my life.
This lead me here. I’ll be honest, I saw an ad on FB, where some guy said something like “start a blog, earn millions”. I was desperate enough at the time to let naivety take hold and I started imagining a life of luxury. Duly I started this website.
It took all of a nano-second to realise the promised riches were as non-existent as my glue-stick lids!
What I did discover very quickly that I wasn’t alone in my struggles, many teachers the world over had the same issues as I did. The cogs started whirring in my head and I decided that teacherofsci.com would be a website that helps support teachers everywhere.
The website covers topics including:
- Classroom Management.
- Technology in the Classroom.
- Learning Theories.
- Teacher News.
- Teacher Wellbeing and Money.
- Educational Product and Book Reviews.
- Free Teacher Resource Downloads.
I really hope you find the support you need here. I’m always open to having guest contributors if you have something to say that would help others, just pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Before I Became a Teacher.
I have been a retail manager, chef and marine biologist in previous careers. I went to university at age 30 to study marine biology, a decision that many ridiculed but the thought of being in retail for the rest of my working life was awful, I was in a bad place.
I decided that if I was going to make this monumental change to my life it would be the blue-sky dream…..I’ve never looked back. Doing Science for the first time since high school opened my mind, not only to the scientific method but also education. After spending a few years working in various places around the globe on coral reef conservation projects I applied for a teaching course at my original university.
For the first time, I found I was good at my work and I enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy it and stick with me,
Paul Stevens- Fulbrook AKA TeacherOfSci