As a new teacher at EISB, I would like to share a bit about myself. My name is Thomas Beadle (Mr. Thomas) and I am originally from Ottawa, Canada. I just moved to Bratislava at the beginning of August to begin an exciting new chapter teaching at EISB. The main subjects I will be teaching here are ‘English Language & Literature’ and ‘Individuals & Societies’ in the IB MYP. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting you all!
Before moving to Bratislava, I was living in Enschede, the Netherlands, completing a master’s degree in psychology with a specialization in Learning Sciences at the University of Twente. My master’s degree focused on educational methods such as inquiry learning, collaborative learning, differentiated learning, adaptive learning, and so forth. My thesis focused on positive education, a rapidly growing field that is concerned with the development of students’ strengths and wellbeing, thereby enabling them to achieve both their academic and personal goals.
Before moving to the Netherlands, I was teaching in various cities such as Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Seoul, South Korea; and Victoria, Canada. In all my teaching experiences, I strive to create engaging student-centred lessons by providing students with the time and space to express their individual and collective ideas, academic interests, personal strengths and talents, and so forth. My educational philosophy is that student motivation, engagement, and enjoyment set the foundation for effective learning. Through their lessons, students will develop skills related to communication, collaboration, self-management, research, and critical and creative thinking. The student-centred philosophy at EISB resonates with my own educational insights – when students are enabled, amazing things really do happen!
When I’m not in the classroom teaching, I can usually be found traveling (34 countries and counting!), spending time with friends and family, reading, playing soccer, hiking, camping, self-educating, playing board games, or juggling! Again, I look forward to meeting you all and becoming part of the EISB community. Thank you for reading 🙂