International College Hong Kong

Ross Parker

Director of Technology & Assessment, Teacher of Free Learning

Ross teaches Free Learning, and is Director of Technology & Assessment at ICHK Secondary.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I had every intention to never become a teacher. Coaching sports and working in schools on the IT side opened my eyes.

What is your first memory from school?

Looking out of the school bus window from Clearwater Bay into Kowloon Tong every morning.

What makes a ‘good day’ at school?

Students making the choice to work hard at learning, and connecting this choice to their own progress.

If I walked into your classroom on a typical afternoon, what would I see going on?

Learning! Specifically independent learning, with students heading in a range of different directions. Organic, spontaneous, small group collaboration. A focus on adult transactions. Smiles. Warrior face!

What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you?

“What happened to all of your hair? Were you born bald?”

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?

Sapiens by Yuval Harari

Lost Connections by Johann Hari

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

What is the hardest thing about being a teacher?

The need to suppress frustration in order to build trust.

What inspires you?

Offering every student the chance to see the world through different eyes.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Allowing ICHK to mold me into a more understanding, patient and considerate individual.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?

I used to really dislike children.

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