From August 2012 to August 2016, I am seconded on a Teaching Fellowship to Edinburgh University’s Moray House. I teach on the PGDE Primary Science, PGDE Secondary Physics and General Science, BEd and new MA Primary Science strands.
I am a GTCS registered teacher of Physics, Science and Mathematics. I took my PGCE at Moray House, graduating in 2004 and serving an unforgettable probationary year at Buckhaven High School, Methil.
From 2005 to 2012, I taught Physics and Mathematics at Kirkcaldy High School with a 2-year secondment as Principal Teacher of Physics at Glenwood High School during 2008-10. During this time I created a number of web resources for pupils and teachers, including “Mr. Hood’s World-Wide-Whatsit”, which despite having been shut down, parts of it survive in translation – see here, for example. My teacher community site at sptr.net continues to be of service.
I was a marker for the SQA Higher Physics exam in 2012-13 and the Advanced Higher Physics Investigation in 2013.
The Institute of Physics (IoP) is active in supporting education. I served as a member of the IoP in Scotland committee (from September 2011 – September 2014) and am an active member of the IoP’s education committee (since February 2010).
Before becoming a teacher, I was often contracted to deliver training courses in industry on programming, databases, object-oriented design and project management. Specific technologies include Microsoft Visual Basic, Access, SQL Server and IIS; Adobe PDF (the language); MySQL; Linux and Apache.
I am able to offer specific technology updates and seminars such as the Channels of Engagement half-day workshop for SSERC in 2010. Other CPD delivered includes:
- 2011 Professionally relevant structures A workshop related to CfE
- 2010 Online survey tools A workshop
- 2009 The Rank Prize Fund’s Optoelectronics College, IoP Stirling Meeting, with Michael Walker, Robert Gordon’s College