Daniel Mander

Daniel ManderComputer Science Teacher, King Charles I School, Kidderminster
BSc Computer Science (2015)

In my second year of study I recognised that I wanted to enter education. I was attracted to education because of the exciting opportunities available due to the change in national curriculum. The 'teaching computer science in schools' module reaffirmed my aspirations of becoming a teacher. Later that year I was accepted onto a schools direct course at Newman University. I trained on the job for one year, and now teach Computer Science in an academy school.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
Every day is different, I am constantly learning about students and what may impede or benefit their learning. My job allows me to be creative in the way in which I teach, I can choose how to engage my students and try out different strategies. Seeing students who have a passion for computer science succeed is incredibly rewarding.

What motivates you?
When a student has a 'lightbulb moment' both inside and outside of my classroom; that drives me to be the best teacher that I can be every day.

What are your fondest memories of the University?
Developing a completely new friendship circle and the challenges faced throughout the course.

How did you grow as a person by coming to University?
During my time at University I improved my problem solving skills; not just within computer science. The skills which the course gave me allowed me to become a stronger, more independent problem solver.

Did you find the degree programme at Birmingham challenged you?
Yes most definitely. Before coming to university I had studied a BTEC in Information Technology, so some of the concepts were tricky to conquer at first, but with time and practise they came naturally. Programming was initially a tough topic for me, but again practise made perfect.

What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?
Ensure that you have a passion for the subject and can see where you are heading, and be confident.