The first ten weeks of my course have passed, and we have the Easter break until we start the second half of the semester.
My students gave me a letter, some Japanese biscuits and Cleistocactus!
What I am feeling now is that I love my students and teaching.
I have taught in the Higher Education sector since 2016 (I am at a very early career stage), and more and more, this experience has made me give serious consideration to how to improve my teaching skills, and what students need to know more about. I wish I could spend more time to prepare and do more research for my classes.
Being honest, I am very keen to improve my information-giving, create materials, become a better tutor, and pursue a teaching career as well, although my family, friends and colleagues say, ‘Don’t forget. Your focus is your PhD.’
Some PhD students make decisions about their careers a year before finishing their PhD. I still hope to finish at the end of this year, and before that, I would have to decide ‘what’ and ‘where’ I do for the next step.
I have no more commuting or teaching until 25th April, which will allow me to focus on writing my thesis, conference preparation, think about doing research, and a future path in the field.