The scholarship made the transition from university to a professional career easy – Ben
NSW Department of Education
teach.NSW interviewed Ben, a Science teacher and recipient of the Teacher Education Scholarship.
The video begins in Ben’s classroom with Ben assisting students to set up various scientific equipment. Ben is speaking interview style to the camera, and as he speaks, the picture occasionally changes to show various scenes of Ben engaging with students, assisting them with their scientific activities.
“I think I had always wanted a career in science, I had studied it through school, I had studied it at University, and it had always interested me, so I think science was maybe the real driving factor for my education career. What I liked the most about science was working with others. Now that was sometimes working as a mentor, whether it was through tutoring or group work at University.
“I had really no idea what type of science career I wanted once I'd finished university and I just happened to read, via some university emails, about the Teacher Education Scholarship, so once I'd read into it a bit more it really ticked every box.”
Ben is at the front of the classroom demonstrating a scientific concept involving a large metallic ball on a pedestal. In his hand is a smaller metallic ball on a stick, which is connected to a wire. He taps the stick against the larger ball.
“...and all I'm going to do is bring it up here and...” [metal clink]
Shot of students jumping slightly from their seats in exclamation and laughter.
Cut back to Ben speaking interview style to the camera. After a short time, the picture changes to show various scenes of Ben and students engaged in various science activities.
“As much as the cliché is that teaching is so rewarding, it's something that you can almost look back on every single day and see that something you've done has made an impact, whether it's to a student, whether it's to another faculty member, it's something that because every day so different you know your hard work is generally always valued and you can really get out what you put into the job.”
Ben is at the front of the classroom facing a group of students, who are in the foreground. Ben is talking to the students.
“So how many colours are in white light?”
“Seven? It’s infinite.”
Cut back to Ben speaking interview style to the camera. The picture alternates between the interview and showing various scenes of Ben engaging students in the classroom, students using test tubes and wires, and Ben marking a student’s paper.
“The Teacher Education Scholarship program really made the transition from university to a professional career quite easy. It's very stressful, I think, starting a new career especially in a demanding industry like education, but just making that transition quite easy allows you to find your feet and develop what type of professional you want to be without the added problems of needing to search for the employment. Having that permanent job and that security makes it almost a no-brainer, just such an easy decision for me.”
The video ends with a fade out to the teach.NSW logo