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Rosie Birks

Rosie Birks

Duffield, United Kingdom

Ambassador

Learning together for the future. I am passionate about preparing the youth of today for a better tomorrow.

About me

I am a Secondary School Teacher and PhD candidate in Derbyshire, England. I qualified in Mathematics but now teaching English literature and English Language full time. Alongside this, I am Head of House, leading whole school rewards and widening participation in extra-curricular activities. 

I completed my MA at the University of Nottingham, looking at language barriers in the mathematics classroom and promoting reading for pleasure. As part of my Doctorate, I have not only inspected my own position in educational change but also considered how we can innovate education to prepare today's youth better for the future. 

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

HundrED is a great support network for passionate and dedicated educators. The innovations I have learnt about are not only inspiring, but reassures me that change is possible.

I have established strong relationships with other teachers and professionals to improve my own practice and consider alternative approaches.  Research is still not integrated in English schools so HundrED is an easy, safe way to introduce innovations (successful ones too) in to classrooms.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education needs to provide students with all the skills they needs to successfully integrate with today's society in their own way. This may not necessarily be academic success for everyone. 

Education is holistic. 

Education is ensuring every individual can be autonomous, happy and safe. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation today is crucial to adapt to the needs of the future generation. I am sadly part of a climate where independent thought and creativity is not a priority. Due to budget cuts, the curriculum is being narrowed. Due to fear of failing, teachers are teaching to silent rows of students from textbooks, with model answers and hand out after handout. This is stifling and undermining the autonomy, originality and beauty of mixed ability, diverse classrooms

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Voice 21 - it highlights the importance of communication, which is often overlooked yet essential for preparing successful members of society. It is crucial that students find their voice and this is great development programme.

Newsela - a great way to allow students to feel in control of their own reading and ensure full comprehension on a range of topics.

Picture of the day - a simple versatile tool that can be adapted and used in so many ways. It is great for quick starters focusing on anything from grammar to literary devices but can also be used for longer writing challenges as interesting, varied stimuli.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Creatio Arts - a local opportunity for young people to perform on stage with experts! https://www.creatioartsltd.co.uk/creatio-youth