Weel duin tae Scott Shields wha hae bin nominatit in Scots Teacher o the Year sponsored by Scottish Qualifications Authority in the Scots Language Awards. Vote now!
The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets for the ceremony are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk. If you cannae make it you can hae a swatch o it online. You can a buy an online ticket here for that.
We askit Scott Shields o Scott Shields thae speirins.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
Hello, ma name is Scott an A am a Dundonian, born an brit. A have twa great kids, Eleanor an Nathan an we love swimming, dancin an generally havin a blast.
A have a real passion for reading, usin ma Instagram page, @scott.ye.reading, tae share ma thouchts on awthing A leuk at.
A have been teachin for nine years an have lovit spreadin the love o scots tae ma pupils ilka an ivery year.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
Ma love o the Scots language startit throuch readin. Like most o us, A wis introducit tae Scots whan studyin Burns at school. Now, as a teacher, A am the ane teachin Burns. However, thon didnae ignite ma love o language. The Scottish book club did. Thanks tae ma pal Natalie, A wis introducit tae the likes o Graeme Armstrong, Ely Percy, Ann Donnovan an the rest thon Scottish lit has tae offer.
Now, A love nothin more than readin a book in Scots, sharin it on ma instagram page an then talkin aboot it on ma podcast, thon A co-host wi Natalie.
Ony particlar career heighlichts
Other than bein nominatit for this award? A lovit the first time ma class chose tae read a book bi a Scottish author – Divided City bi Teresa Breslin. Syne then, classes have been gang for the scottish choice more often than no. Wi their relatable subjects, settings an characters.
A also love ma sport i school an have been involvit i many successful moments wi ma football an hockey teams. Seein the kids enjoyin their sport is ane o ma favourite parts o the job!
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
Well, new school year, new challenge. A have an oot o class role where A am focusin on health an wellbein an aw as pe i school. Thon doesnae mean A am no still promotin Scots, A am still makin sure A am pushin it wherever A can.
Ootside o school, A am lookin forward tae startin recordin season twa o The Wee Scottish Book Club i the comin weeks!
The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk Performing on Saturday 24th September include Bruce Fummey, Hamish Macdonald, Beth Malcome and Robyn Stapleton.
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