Chris Russell shares more detail about their practice us and how they felt about being shortlisted for a Bristol Teaching Award.
- Which Award were you shortlisted for?
Outstanding Personal tutoring
- How did you feel when you found out you had been shortlisted for an Award?
Proud, particularly as the nominations all came from my students
- Can you tell us a little bit about your practice and why you were nominated?
We should look after our students in the way we’d want our own kids to be looked after at their University. That means recognising each person is unique, listening to them, responding to them in a timely fashion, and trying to help them develop strategies to cope with challenges.
- What inspires you to go the extra mile with your teaching?
The University environment has given me so much, and I love to see others have similar opportunities. Furthermore, seeing the “light-bulb moment” in others is something I never tire of.
- What would you like to share with others about your teaching practice?
Try and see it from the students point of view. I always have to remind myself to slow down, to try and adapt teaching in a way that puts over how I first learnt it, and to play with presentation. Teaching with a smile on ones face is always a good idea – teaching is a version of basic social interaction, so make sure we keep it that way.