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Transition into Computing

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by sylsavier, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. sylsavier

    sylsavier New commenter

    Hi,
    I have been teaching MFL for 5 years, having come to teaching after a 15-year career in the software support industry.
    I am one of those 40-something School-Direct career changers.
    I'm now looking to transition into teaching computing. Looking at the A levels curriculum (OCR), there is nothing that I haven't encountered before in a professional setting. Would anyone have advice on how to make that change happen?
    I looked into SKE courses, but they seem designed for prospective, unqualified teachers, and most require input from an ITT on application.
    I guess I could just apply for jobs and see...
    Any advice?
    Take care and good luck for those going back to school in these strange times.
     
  2. theworm123

    theworm123 Lead commenter

    I’m a part time lecturer, but the biggest thing I’d say is can you program well enough and are you confident enough in your own ability to be able to teach it to kids?

    A lot of the exam syllabuses I’ve looked at do confuse me content-wise as to how they expect some of those things to be taught from non-specialists.
     
  3. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Do yourself a favour. Get a copy of an A level paper and attempt to answer all questions. No books, no computer just try it. Get hold of the mark scheme and honestly mark your answers according to the mark scheme. That will give you a pretty good idea if you have the subject knowledge.

    This is exactly what I did when I was 40 and considering teaching as a career. I have never looked back.

    Can you code a bubble sort? An insertion sort? Try it and see how long it takes you. A level students have to be able to recognise search and sort algorithms in exams.

    After doing the above, find a local school who will allow you to sit through a few lessons. This is a very important step as you will see the reality of teaching which will be far removed from the concept you have in your head.

    Only then, if you are still up for it, apply for jobs.

    Do not underestimate the tough road ahead. A good mentor will see you through the toughest of those times.
     

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