Teacher Tuesday: Ms Cesca Woodland
This week we’ve been talking to Ms Cesca Woodland, who teaches PE at KIS:
How many years have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 5 years, although have been working in schools for nearly 8 years.
When did you join KIS?
I joined in August 2016.
How would you describe the KIS community?
The KIS community is close knit, friendly and supportive. Ever since moving here I have felt part of a family; which is incredibly important when you’re living away from home. Often outside of school you will bump into students and their parents who always welcome you with a smile on their face and it makes me feel like a celebrity when I hear “Miss Woodland” as I shop for my groceries!
What is your favourite sport to teach and why?
I enjoy teaching Hockey, which is my own sport but it can often be the hardest sport for me to teach, as skills that are natural to me I have to remember are not to others. So therefore my favourite sport is Gymnastics. Although it is not often a popular unit when taught in lessons it is actually the sport where you are able to see the most progress from students. Recently I taught Year 7 Gymnastics and all the students developed more confidence in themselves, as well as being able to face their fears.
You recently took a team of Primary students to compete in a sports competition in Phuket, what do you think the students gained from this experience?
Is there a word limit for this question?! The 17 students who attended the Primary FOBISIA games have had the opportunity to learn new life skills and experience something life changing. I am extremely jealous that I never had the opportunity when I was their age. During the build up to the competition and throughout the competition the students grew closer as a team and were able to support each other through the highs and lows. The students played against other international schools where they showed fantastic sportsmanship and even worked alongside other schools, joining together to make teams. But the most important thing the students gained was resilience; there were times when things didn’t go their way but they got back up and carried on. I am extremely proud of all the students and hope they gained something valuable from this experience.
What is your favourite PE resource and why?
It is hard to pick a favourite resource, especially in PE as you can need quite a few resources in lessons. But if I had to pick one it would be cones. I teach a lot of EYFS and KS1 classes where you need to set out certain areas for students to stay in, cones can become very useful! Also one of my favourite warm up games is Dishes and Domes, which solely uses cones.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I would have to say my teaching style is enthusiastic and engaging. I want my students to enjoy my lessons and ultimately have fun, whilst learning new skills. I always aspire to be a role model for students and want students to feel safe and comfortable in my lessons.
Tell us a little known fact about you:
I volunteered as a hockey ball girl at the London 2012 Olympics (even appearing on the TV!) and my old hockey coach is an Olympic Gold Medalist.
If you could meet a Sports hero, who would you meet and why?
I have been in awe of Jonny Wilkinson since I was 15 years old; for people that don’t know him he is an English rugby player who retired in 2014. He is, to date, one of England’s most successful fly halves, a hardworking, focused and resilient individual. He suffers from OCD, which often made his training extremely long and tiring as he wanted to get everything perfect. I would love to ask him about his training and dedication to sport. I wish I could have been as focused as him when younger – who knows I could have represented my country!
KK has many outdoor activities to enjoy, what is at the top of your list?
I have always loved visiting the National Park, I enjoy hiking, exploring the terrain and it is cooler! During the Easter holidays I was lucky enough to be able to climb Mount Kinabalu. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far. It was extremely hard especially on my knees and achilles (which were sore from previous injuries) but the sunrise at the summit more than made up for the pain. I would recommend it to anyone else living here.