Search pages
Skip Navigation LinksHomeAbout usNews & Insights Skip Navigation Links首页关于我们新闻和洞见
10/01/20222022/01/10

BISE EduTalk: Why being a teacher is the best careerBISE EduTalk:为什么教师是最棒的职业?

BISE EduTalk: Lenon Barnaby

Professor Barnaby Lenon CBE taught at Eton for 12 years, was the deputy head of Highgate School, head of Trinity School Croydon and head of Harrow for 12 years, during which time he brought Harrow to China. He then helped establish the free London Academy of Excellence in East London, one of the most successful state sixth form Academies with the highest number of Oxbridge offers. He is also chairman of the Independent Schools Council and has been a governor of 16 state and independent schools. He is also on their Standards Advisory Committee of Ofqual

Barnaby read Geography at Keble College, Oxford, then went on to St John's College, Cambridge to train for a career in teaching. He has written six books including, recently, Much Promiseabout high-achieving state schools and Other People’s Children about the least academic 50% in England. He conducted vast research on the characteristics of effective teaching in the UK and USA. Professor Barnaby Lenon CBE is the current Dean of Education of the University of Buckingham and a Council Member of the Buckingham International School of Education. 

In this episode of BISE EduTalk, Professor Barnaby Lennon shares his favourite parts of his 35-year career as a teacher, and some advice for novice teachers, through a short five-minute video. 

 

 

Becoming a teacher was the best decision

I am Barnaby Lenon and I am standing in the School of Education at the University of Buckingham. Today I want to speak for a few seconds about why I believe that it is a great thing to become a school teacher. 

I took the decision to become a school teacher when I was just leaving university. And I am sure that my parents were keen for me to become a lawyer and go to work in the city. But I took the decision to become a teacher and I can honestly say that that was the best decision that I could have taken.

 

For the love of the subject and campus community

You know the things that I really liked about teaching, and I taught for over 35 years. First of all, cause I love my subjects. I read geography at university and I was enthralled by my subjects. I was delighted to be able to teach it at secondary schools of different types and to be part of a community of other people who had similar academic interests. And I actually spent quite a lot of my summer holidays for certainly the first 15 years of my teaching career, reading about my subjects and becoming more involved in it. 

Secondly, I loved being a part of the sort of community that all schools are. And as time went on, I became involved in all sorts of aspects of school life that had never occurred to me when I began, including things like pastoral care and sports and activities of one sort or another, and then leadership responsibilities, becoming the head of the department and so on.

 

Teachers make a difference in each child's life

And then finally and most importantly for me, the great thing about being a teacher is that you make such a difference to individual children's lives. And that is in great contrast to many of my colleagues from school and university who went into jobs which were no doubt much more highly paid than being a teacher, but who as they look back now over their lives realised that what they did although was financially beneficial was not necessarily as worthwhile. 

One of the things that have astounded me in the last five years is how many of my former pupils, who are now maybe in their 40s or even in their 50s, are contacting me and inviting me out for lunch simply to say thank you for the impact that you had on my life when I was 16 or 17. 

And there is no doubt that all teachers of all types primary and secondary find this, that they know it a lot of the time are making a big impact on children's lives. So it is a really worthwhile occupation.

 

Start your career at a school with good classroom behaviour control

There are obviously some disadvantages. You are not gonna be rich. But on the other hand, you know, a lot of teachers are earning 40,000 or 50,000 or 60,000 pounds after just a few years in the job as they gain promotion. Headteachers are very well-paid these days. But you are not gonna earn as much as a merchant banker. 

And the other thing to say is that I think that for all teachers, if you are teaching classes where the behaviour is poor, then it is a miserable job. It is very important for all teachers to not only learn how to maintain good control, but also when you are applying for a job, do make sure you go to schools where you're certain that the behaviour is something that is well under control. 

But from my point of view, teaching has been the best possible job in the world. And I strongly encourage everybody who is interested in teaching and in the subjects they are going to teach to apply. 

 

巴纳比·列侬教授曾在私校伊顿公学任教12年,并曾担任私校海格特中学副校长、三一中学克莱顿校长和哈罗公学校长12年,期间他将哈罗公学带到中国。随后,他参与在东伦敦建立的免费公立学校——伦敦卓越学院,并担任理事长。这是英国收到牛津剑桥录取通知最多的公立高中之一。他是英国私立学校委员会的主席,并曾担任过16所公立和私立学校的董事,也是英国考试监管机构Ofqual标准咨询委员会的成员。

巴纳比·列侬教授在牛津大学基布尔书院攻读地理学本科,然后进入剑桥大学圣约翰书院接受教师职业培训。他撰写出版了六本书,包括关注成绩优异的公立学校的新著《教育的承诺》和关注英国低于平均学术水平的50%《别人的孩子》,并有大量分析英国和美国高效教育特点的研究。目前巴纳比·列侬教授既是白金汉大学教育学院的院长,也是白金汉国际教育学院的理事会理事。

在这一期BISE EduTalk中,巴纳比·列侬教授在5分钟的视频,分享他35年教师生涯最喜欢的部分,和对新手教师的建议。

 

成为教师是最棒的决定 

我是巴纳比·列农教授,今天在白金汉大学教育学院,我想用很短的时间来简单分享,为什么我认为成为学校教师是一件很棒的事。

在决定成为一名学校教师时,我刚从大学毕业。我确信我的父母当时非常希望我成为一名律师,并在伦敦金融城工作,但最终我还是决定成为一名教师。我可以诚实地说,这是我做过的最棒的决定

 

对学科和校园生活的热爱

教书育人让我喜欢的地方不胜枚举,我已经有超过35年的教师生涯。首先是我对于学科的热爱。我在大学的专业是地理学,我被学科深深地吸引。因此,我也很高兴能够在不同类型的中学教授地理,并能够加入具有相同学术兴趣的社群。实际上,我花费了很多个暑假的时间,尤其是我教学生涯的前十五年,阅读我所教学科的内容,并更深入探索其教学。               

其次,我喜欢成为学校那样的社群的一员。随着时间的推移,学校生活的方方面面都有我的身影。这在我教学生涯刚开始的时候是不可想象的,包括像人文关怀、体育运动、以及其他丰富多彩的校园活动。然后我开始承担领袖职责,成为教学部门带头人等等。

 

教师给每个孩子的人生都带来巨大的改变

最后,也是对我最重要的一点:成为一名教师最棒的地方在于,教师给每个孩子的人生都带来的巨大的改变。与此截然不同的是,我学生时代的很多同学,从事了薪资无疑比教师高得多的职业。但如今当回顾人生之时,他们意识到,从事的职业虽然有经济回报,却未必有意义。

在过去5年中,让我感到惊讶的一件事是,许多我以前的学生,他们如今可能已经40多甚至50多岁了,与我联系并邀请我共进午餐,只是为了向我表达感激之情,说感谢您在我16或17岁时对我人生产生的影响。

毫无疑问,不论小学中学,所有老师都会对此感同身受。他们知道,很多时候他们会对孩子的人生产生重大的影响。因此,这是一个非常有价值的职业。

 

从有良好课堂行为的学校开始你的职业生涯

这一职业显然也有其弊端。你不会因此成为富豪,但另一方面,很多教师在短短几年的教学并晋升后,薪资可以达到四万、五万甚至六万英镑。如今,校长的收入非常高,但你不会像商业银行家那样赚得多。

此外值得一提的是,我认为对于所有教师来说,如果你所教的班级行为很差,那么当教师就是一个悲惨的工作。诚然,所有教师都知道如何管理好课堂固然重要,但在教师申请一所学校的教学岗位时,也要注意确保申请的学校环境良好,课堂行为得到很好的管理。

总而言之,我认为做教师是世界上最棒的工作,我强烈鼓励每一个对教学工作,以及对他们将要教授的学科富有热忱的人进入这个领域。 

Guidance

  • What to expect in your PGCE year
    12/01/20232023/01/12

    What to expect in your PGCE year?你将经历怎样的PGCE学习之旅?

    Head of PE & Games of the School of Education UoB shared with us what kind of experience students will have during this 37-week project, and what they...

  • How can teachers keep advancing their careers in the Year of the Tiger
    20/02/20222022/02/20

    How can teachers keep advancing their career in the Year of the Tiger双语教师虎年如何不断进阶

    When looking back at a year full of challenges and disruptions within the education industry, it is hard to deny that it has been one of uncertainty...

  • BISE EduTalk: Lenon Barnaby
    10/01/20222022/01/10

    BISE EduTalk: Why being a teacher is the best careerBISE EduTalk:为什么教师是最棒的职业?

    Professor Barnaby Lenon CBE taught at Eton for 12 years, was the deputy head of Highgate School, head of Trinity School Croydon and head of Harrow f...

  • 10 things that will impress your PGCE tutor
    05/08/20212021/08/05

    10 things that will impress your PGCE tutor能给你PGCE导师留下好印象的10个习惯

    As a UK qualification, PGCE is the gateway to working in UK-based schools and many international schools outside the UK and is one of the ...

Click here to view our news archive

Buckingham International School of Education - Training Teachers Across The World

白金汉大学国际教育学院 - 培养面向世界的教师