Award-winning maths teacher and YouTuber Eddie Woo, known to students worldwide as ’Mister WooTube’, joins the Sydney School of Education as a Professor of Practice.
Professor Woo will join the Sydney School of Education and Social Work in March, where he will spend a year working with staff and students.
He will join the University on a part-time basis so he can continue teaching in classrooms. "I still work with [high school] students all the time and it’s a real joy - it energises me," Professor Woo said.
"Being able to continue my other work means that what I’m doing whenever I do support teaching students and run professional learning is coming from an authenticity of practice that you can’t imitate. There’s no substitute for immediate contact with today’s schools.
"I think it’s fantastic that the University wants to ensure its students have access to current industrial experience and expertise. It makes so much sense to me, that if we want to train people up to enter a profession, you want people who are still actively involved in leading that profession to be part of their initial teacher-learning experience. Being able to wear both my hats - working within schools and working beyond school - at the same time is incredibly exciting."
Being able to continue my other work means that what I’m doing whenever I do support teaching students and run professional learning is coming from an authenticity of practice that you can’t imitate. There’s no substitute for immediate contact with today’s schools.Professor of Practice, Eddie Woo Professor Debra Hayes said she was "delighted" to have Eddie join the School.
"A Professor of Practice is an esteemed leader in their profession - which Eddie is - and we are keen to work with him so we can share his wealth of professional experience and knowledge."
"His signature enthusiasm for teaching, coupled with his genuine warmth and kindness, will profoundly contribute to the learning environment of our teaching students and the culture of the Sydney School of Education."
As for Professor Woo, he’s mainly just excited to work with people who might also share this enthusiasm, and passion, for teaching. "Teaching is really, really hard work, but it is incredibly rewarding to see the impact you’ve had on students."
"There’s nothing like it. It’s not for everyone - but everyone benefits from the work of educators. This makes it something really noble."
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