You’ve won the Extra Mile award for inspirational teaching! What it means to you to receive such an award?
Before I answer that, I'd like to clarify that the most important things for me are for the students to feel like they belong, believe they can achieve, develop their criticality, and use their time with me as a platform to go on to greater things when they leave UEL, particularly as effective 'Graduate Sports Therapists'! That being said, a close second to all of that are these student-led teaching nominations, and this award. It does make a huge positive difference to know that I am valued in this way.
What approach, or characteristics, lead you to be nominated?
I will mostly leave you to consider the students' comments to answer this, however I believe that dedication to the learners, to the science and art of pedagogy, and to the vocation of Sports Therapy, combined with effort, honesty and authenticity, are key.
Students have commented on your commitment to gender equality. Did you realise at the time that this was so valued by students?
Yes - but perhaps not to the extent that they have expressed. It is good feedback for me to keep this on the agenda and continue to work towards equality.
What is the best approach when it comes to being an 'Extra Mile' winner?
If you're a 'lecturer', try reframing your identity to 'teacher-mentor'. As lecturers, we're all experts in our fields, but we're not necessarily experts in learning. Most importantly, embrace cultural competency and decolonized pedagogy as your guiding principles, building on that with cognitive learning sciences
“Michael always links the lectures to real life, he uses examples and experiences of his own to help us to further understand the teaching"
"Having a male lecturer so actively involved in the feminist movement is incredible and also a fantastic role model for male students on the course”
"Michael engages with the class a lot. Rather us being students just listening to the lecturer, we discuss things like a team."
"He asks questions and instead of giving an answer, he likes to hear what have we come up with and everyone enjoys it."
"Michael is the most enthusiastic lecturer I have ever seen. His passion for Sports Therapy is unbelievable, and this excitement he has when he talks about it inspires me to become a successful therapist"
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