No two teachers are the same; initial teacher training (ITT) helps every individual bring their own personality and style to the job.
Take some time to read through maths teachers' blogs (More than a maths teacher is a good place to start). You'll discover that innovative and creative thoughts abound throughout the profession.
After completing ITT and beginning your career as a teacher, you'll be able to draw on a vast range of resources and support, and benefit from the experiences of your colleagues, working together to develop new ideas.
Rachel graduated with a first class degree in mathematics from the University of Leeds and was encouraged to go into banking. After finding the lack of variety and contact with people unfulfilling, she realised that she wanted to move into teaching.
"When I was at school, you sat still, you didn't ask many questions, you copied the relevant bit from your book – teaching’s nothing like that now," she says. "I wouldn't like to have been a teacher a while ago, because I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much."
As her excellent degree suggests, Rachel has a talented maths mind, but she admits she struggled in the transition from studying the subject at GCSE to A level standard. In the end however she knew she'd found the right career in teaching, which she finds both challenging and rewarding.
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