Why I became a teacher

Cooperative learning reinvigorated my teaching
The Guardian by Emily Drabble Sunday 10 February 2013 07.00 GMT
.... I studied English literature at Strathclyde University. When I first graduated I worked in advertising then took a job as PA to the head Marist Brother. It was fascinating but I wasn't particularly happy as the place I worked was so quiet. It was too calm for me - I was in my early 20s and knew I needed to have more people to work with. The idea of teaching came to me as a bolt out of the blue....English teachers in Scotland have a huge amount of freedom, we don't always appreciate just how much we have got. We don't have set texts so we can teach the subject through our own choice of text, from quality journalism to novels, to poetry....Teaching cooperatively basically gives the children the floor. Learners have the opportunity to think and talk together and this makes the evaluation process so much easier....