Testimonial: Daniel Dulle (University College of Teacher Education)
Daniel Dulle is studying the teacher-training program for becoming an elementary school teacher at the University College of Teacher Education Styria.
Why are you studying the teacher-training program for becoming an elementary school teacher?
I love interesting and challenging tasks and these are tasks, teachers have to face every day. No pupil is comparable to another and for everybody the material has to be prepared accordingly. Also the desire to learn and the natural urge of children to gain knowledge should be awakened or sustained in school. This pretense demands ne wand creative solutions and didactical know-how. I think that I continuously learn something new in this job and I am able to develop myself. That is exactly why this career choice is right for me.
How did you learn about this study program?
Through my work at the children museum Graz „FRida & freD“ I learned that I enjoy communicating knowledge to kids and teenagers and that I am able to arouse enthusiasm within pupils for a topic. After having thought about it some time and encouragement by my private surroundings I registered for the admission procedure.
What do you especially like about your studies?
You start to gain lesson practice from the first semester onwards and so you can find out soon, if you are made for becoming a teacher. In addition, there are numerous additional offers, which allow you to focus on your own interests.
What makes your university unique?
The differentiation and advancement of individual strengths are not only seen as contents, which have to be conveyed, but are also lived. So every student is able to unfold his or her own strengths and develop them. In a pleasant an motivational atmosphere numerous creative ideas develop, which can be tested in the lesson practice.
You should become a teacher?
I think, especially people, who love to work with kids and teenagers should think about becoming a teacher. Of course, your own approach towards the topic of learning is of high importance because only if I have a positive approach towards the topic I can motivate pupils to learn. In addition, a high degree of flexibility is needed because in school life, unexpected change of plans is very common.
Have you already taken classes/courses at other Styrian universities or participated in collaborative projects?
Until now I have not taken any classes at other universities. But I had the opportunity to participate in an international project with education-cooperation-partners of the University College of Teacher Education Styria.
Why are so many young people drawn to Styria for their studies? What is so special about this university location?
I think that Styria is a very attractive location for students because it offers numerous fields of study at different universities. Also the Styrian infrastructure offers ideal living conditions for young people. So there are not only great possibilities for studying but you also have the opportunity to get a part time job and Styria offers a great amount of culture and free time activities.