My back story

Its day 5 of #29daysofwriting and I have to admit to being on a bit of a low today however I may elaborate on this and the reasons later in the month.   For now I am going to follow on to Claire Bracher and share #mybackstory.

Where did I grow up?

I grew up a little way outside Glasgow which provided the open areas and playing fields not so easily available in the centre of Glasgow.    I have some fond memories however have since seen so many other things that although I enjoy popping back, it no longer has the draw it once did.   Having qualified as a teacher I move south to the North West of England where I enjoyed a very successful period before embarking on an exciting journey which took me to the educational world of the middle east and the UAE in particular.   8 years later and I recently returned to the UK, this time to the south west of England.


Why did I become a teacher?

I enjoyed the technology subjects in school and became thoroughly engaged in technology related extracurricular activities.


Call me a geek if you will.  As part of this the head of department asked me to help out with some of the younger pupils, which may have been my first step into teaching.   As I came to the end of my formal schooling and as I looked to the next step my father showed me an advert from a university looking for trainee teachers to study a degree program.    Having enjoyed working with younger pupils while still a pupil myself, this opportunity seemed ideal and the rest is history.    I still love working with a room full of students all with differing ideas and thoughts, all brimming with creative potential, although in recent years I have spent more time in rooms full of teacher as opposed to students.   That said I have found myself lucky to find the room of teachers filled with the same diversity of ideas, thoughts, and the same outpouring of creativity and motivation.

What does my perfect school day look like?

The perfect day is filled with positivity, creativity, critical challenge and collaboration.  The perfect day is one you look back on and can see what has been achieved by all those involved.   Sadly today has fallen far short of this!

What am I most grateful for?

My fathers encouragement to develop my IT skills and my electrical and electronics skill as these have supported me throughout life so far.   I am also thankful of the opportunities which have presented themselves including the fortuitous advert and the opportunity to go to the middle east.

If I could have a super power what would it be?

Not sure on this one.   Maybe super strength or super speed as basically these are 2 areas in which I lack.

Hope you enjoyed reading.  Keep sharing!!


Author: garyhenderson2014

Gary Henderson is currently the Director of IT in an Independent school in the UK. Prior to this he worked as the Head of Learning Technologies working with public and private schools across the Middle East. This includes leading the planning and development of IT within a number of new schools opening in the UAE. As a trained teacher with over 15 years working in education his experience includes UK state secondary schools, further education and higher education, as well as experience of various international schools teaching various curricula. This has led him to present at a number of educational conferences in the UK and Middle East.

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