Jared Bruning, Education graduate

Studying at Curtin was a very positive experience. First, I met many people of different backgrounds and cultures. In addition, the modern and functional study facilities, equipped with computers and up-to-date technology, made assignment work simple. Further, the teaching staff within the School of Education were approachable, helpful and relatable. The staff certainly gave me a number of ‘light bulb’ moments and inspired me to teach well. For example, as one whole never enjoyed mathematics in primary school, my tutors completely changed my attitude and confidence to teaching the subject.

One of the favourite parts of my degree was the research project I was able to complete as part of the Honours course. After three years of studying in a university classroom, the yearlong project allowed me to gain a different perspective on education. I chose to study the experiences of non-English speaking migrants in Australian schools. Looking back, the project helped me to gain a more holistic and global perspective on the impact of education. Not only that, the study also allowed me to develop strong professional relationships with the staff of Curtin. Many thanks goes to Professor Rhonda Oliver for her guidance and input.
Since graduating I have been teaching Year Three at a small independent school in Perth’s South Eastern suburbs. As a teacher I really enjoy the rhythm and diversity of working in a school. While it’s a busy job, with many long days, there’s nothing better than the smile on a student’s face or two shining eyes in the moment you know they have made a break through in their learning. It’s a humbling experience to see the way I see children inspired their learning and growing week-by-week, term-by-term. It’s amazing to experience the innovative lessons that seem to “take off” as it were and help students become engaged and excited about their learning, almost to the point at times that they’d rather not let the lesson end. I think in a number of ways this reality flows out of what my tutors and lecturer modelled for me. In a number of units I had tutors who pursued excellence in their work, set a high standard and communicated their knowledge, understandings and passions in an engaging and interesting way. Because of that I wanted to learn and they in turn inspired me to teach well! Further, these same tutors insisted on high standards of quality work from me as well, which put me in good stead for life outside the outside the academic world. Finally, these tutors also taught me a reality that all us face. That reality is that we are all ‘lifelong learners’ and need to be actively learning and growing in order to further improve in the profession we find ourselves in.”