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Concluding remarks: waving, not drowning!
I hope that you have found the suggestions and ideas here at “In at the Deep End” useful to you, and not too terrifying. If you used the checklist near the start of this resource, most of the terms in it should feel quite familiar to you by now.
As you will have realised, the journey towards becoming a skilled facilitator of student learning is a continuous one, and experience counts for more than anything else. Most people, looking back
at their  rst forays into working with students tend to re ect with pleasure on how much better they have become than on those early encounters with teaching, learning, feedback and assessment. Things continue to change of course. Students change, institutions change, priorities change, higher education systems change, and we all change and adapt to keep up with the demands placed upon us, and the challenges we meet. That said, there is an enormous amount of satisfaction and pleasure to be derived from all the little successes we have in helping students
to learn and grow, and in bringing our experience and expertise to bear on helping students to make learning happen, and head towards success. We all have to start at the deep end, it seems,
but the joy of becoming able to become a skilled and effective teacher is our reward for all the efforts we put in. Whatever else we need to learn to do as our careers unfold - be it research, administration, leadership or teamwork - teaching and learning are essential parts of our experience and should bring great pleasure to us. None of us is beyond continuing to learn - just like our students.
Stevie Smith, “Not Waving but Drowning” from Collected Poems of Stevie Smith. Copyright© 1972 by Stevie Smith. Available at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46479/not-waving-but- drowning [last accessed March 2019]
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