In Conversation with Andrew Walton
Design Teacher, Dulwich College, Beijing
We are delighted and privileged to be able to talk with Andrew Walton in this Episode of Designed for Life, the podcast brought to you by the Design and Technology Association with the support of our friends and sponsors at The Edge Foundation and PTC Onshape. Listen here
Andrew is a Design teacher who for the last four years has worked at Dulwich College Beijing. We reached out to Andrew having seen the quality of work produced by his students showcased on social media and this conversation has so much to offer, for educators and students worldwide.
Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Andrew followed an unconventional pathway to his teaching career, first following a route to engineering and, realising this was not for him, switching to EFL teaching and packing everything that he owned into a large rucksack and heading to China.
After a few years of travelling that included some time spent in South Korea, it was Andrew's wife that suggested that he might want to take teaching seriously. It turns out this was not a bad idea and they returned to New Brunswick where Andrew qualified as a teacher and taught for two years in a local school.
This experience was challenging, and in Andrew's own words the experience "took the shine off something that he loved" and Andrew returned to China and an educational institution but this time in a position within school communications and marketing.
Once a teacher it sort of stays in the blood, and Andrew returned to teaching and is doing some amazing work with his students in Beijing.
This conversation touches on personal growth, pedagogy, the need to acknowledge but then learn how to silence the inner critic that exists in us all, but mostly this is a powerful story of personal growth and how to become the very best that you can be. Huge thanks to Andrew for sparing us the time in a busy schedule to record this podcast.
In the pod, we reference Andrew's website. We also mention the Nik Ramage and artist and sculptor, who can be found on Instagram or on the website. Finally we reference the Stoic Coffee Break podcast - available on all platforms.
So sit back, relax and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton.
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