The diversity of experience available to teachers motivated Jeremy Thomson to pursue a career in primary education.
My decision to choose a career in primary teaching was spurred by my love for learning, my desire to experience something different every day, and my respect for young people and the challenges they face.
There is no ‘cookie cutter’ teacher. My peers and I value different things and bring different perspectives to our studies. Students in the Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) program are provided with valuable professional experience across a range of learning environments. In addition to mainstream and disability schools, some students had their professional experiences at zoos, Melbourne Aquarium and ACMI, to name a few. The course equips us with the knowledge and strategies to teach virtually anywhere, in or out of the traditional classroom environment.
When you listen to RMIT’s lecturers, tutors and coordinators you can hear their passion. They are conscious of the impact our changing world has on the ways we teach, and are acutely aware of what it takes to drive the profession forward.
Teaching is a multifaceted profession, so the word I would use to describe my idea of a good teacher is ‘adaptable’. An average day in a primary school calls for teachers to act not just as tutors and assessors but also counsellors, medics, diplomats, artists, and detectives. The role of a teacher is extensive, so adaptability is one of the keys to success.
Choosing RMIT was easy. I’ve always associated the university with creativity, and primary schools are essentially creative communities, so I felt RMIT would best prepare me to enter the profession with a fresh perspective.