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Simon Poole



Personal Statement

Personal Statement

"From each according to their ability, to each according to their need." - Karl Marx

I embrace teaching as an opportunity to inspire and empower. As a teacher, lecturer (and musician?) it is my goal to enhance people’s learning as a transformative experience. Ideally I want learners to feel personally changed by their participation in a lesson I am teaching.

I believe that this kind of transformative teaching is most likely to occur when people become personally engaged with the material and perceive the subject matter to be directly relevant to their own lives; and of course when it is fun.

Having worked at a primary school, college and university all graded by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, understanding the diversity of learning styles and peoples experiences is key to enhancing this engagement. The process by which I work to stimulate a person’s engagement is unique to each individual and lesson.

I believe in having high expectations and attitudes towards professionalism, and self-improvement in every walk of my life.

I have an unquenchable and hopefully infectious passion for singing (all the technical wizardry that comes with that) and what it can do to enhance a person’s education and wellbeing: indeed an entire community’s. I decided to study the area further so that I could develop an academic understanding of my professions collaboratively. Now I feel more empowered than ever to make a difference in this field. 

I am specifically interested in folklore and culture and the impact digital technologies are having upon them, especially within education. As a self-professed gamer, I also have an interest in gamification and more broadly personalised learning through creativity; and how all this, to me at least, seems to link together.

I believe that teaching, lecturing and mentoring are privileged positions that demand humility as much as respect. For me it is crucial that I recognise the power inherent in my role and that I am self-reflective about my actions. In my work, I try to be mindful of my position as a role model of the kind of learning and creativity I strive to promote among children and adults. Whether it be a sense of inspiration or that of an ambition to better my surroundings as best I can, one thing is certain: I am motivated, enthusiastic and determined.

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