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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I am the founder of Alphareach Learning Ltd. This enterprise has come about from the choice we (my husband and I) made in 1990 to home tutor our five year old daughter. It was born out of the wish for our daughter to have appropriate education to suit her ability then the nearest state school could provide at the time.
Over the next few years I was asked by friends to tutor their children and in 1996 I taught my first group around our kitchen table. The student base increased and I completed my graduate diploma in teaching mathematics with the Open University and other qualifications relevant to the field of teaching. We outgrew the kitchen table and in 2007 opened a tutorial centre in Batley, which now caters for a range of subjects to support students from diverse backgrounds and differing abilities. Our tutorial center employs many dedicated and talented tutors from different nationalities.
The challenges I have faced and overcame in providing home education to my four children and support my family have defined the path clearly and decisively giving me, the passion and impetus to do job I do as an educator first and manage and grow the business I started from my kitchen table tutoring children.
My interest in computers developed out of the need to create dynamic maths practice sheets for my children and students. I subsequently went on to create a website to organise these practice sheets to share with other people. This was in 1998/1999.
I have since continued to develop my own skills in ICT as I realised the huge impact information technology can have in the delivery and dissemination of learning. In improving my teaching practice to inspire and motivate learners of different ages and differing ability.
My current project is course designing using moodle. I have redesigned the company website and added moodle(vle) to support our students. I am currently creating mathematics courses suitable for learners at key stage 3 and 4 (GCSE).
The benefit of this project is two fold...
1) to assist my students increase their understanding and achieve a better grade
2) these courses can be adapted for use by other mathematics educators.
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