Mike Fleetham got bored and frustrated after 4 years behind a desk as an electronics design engineer. The most exciting thing that happened to him was this: one day some coffee got spilt on his circuit diagram.
So he became a teacher.
Mike Fleetham got frustrated and impatient after 8 years in the classroom. The most frustrating thing was this: policy and practice prevented him from teaching his pupils in the way they needed to learn. (He did what he wanted anyway. Maverick. Rebel. Believer in others)
So he became a consultant and author (forgetting at first to tell his wife he'd resigned)
Mike Fleetham is not bored or frustrated any longer. He writes books, runs a website and trains teachers. He believes that everyone is intelligent, valuable and successful and this seems to inspire others to leave no stone unturned when seeking the talents and potential of their young learenrs.
Delegates at his workshops often use the words, "practical, fun, inspiring, flexible, very useful, non-threatening, engaging, motivational". Mike believes they are talking about his training rather than the lunch. Someone once described him as very uncharismatic. The next day someone else described him as very very charismatic. Mike knows that feedback on his training and books is really in the eye of the beholder. The following week someone different said he was 'like Jimmy Carr'. That could go either way.
Mike's books are practical and designed to give busy classroom teachers the tools, confidence and support to make their lessons more relevant, more effective and more enjoyable. They include pictures and some longer words. Mike's website reaches over 16,000 people every month in over 160 countries/territories. All this helps him with his life goal: to enrich the life, work and learning of 1,000,004 people every year. Why the 4 you ask?...
If you like lists, here's Mike's Learing Journey:
1966 Baby learner
1971 Infant learner
1974 Junior learner
1978 Secondary learner
1985 University learner (Engineering BSc MEng)
1990 Learner husband
1990 Learner design engineer
1993 Learner teacher (PGCE)
1994 Teacher of junior learners
1996 Learner father
1999 Leader of teachers of junior learners
1999 Learner father again
2000 Assistant Headteacher of teachers of junior learners
2001 Learner consultant and author
2002 Teacher of learners (0-99)
2007 Learner learner; teacher teacher