DR JOHN CROSSAN
My passion is in learning and teaching Geography and the social subjects more broadly. My work is also driven by social and political concerns about urban inequality, environmental education and democracy. I have taught at all levels of the Geography undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, developing and delivering tutorials, labs and lectures. I continue to review and write academic papers for publication (see publications for more detail).
Two years ago I opted for a career change and moved into secondary teaching.Since moving from academic research to begin this exciting career path, I have applied a pupil-centred approach to my interactions with the young people I teach. My primary motivation for becoming a teacher centred upon my strong sense of civic responsibility and passion for teaching Geography. I am committed to giving my pupils a rich and fulfilling educational experience and believe the holistic nature of Geography is particularly well suited to enabling this. I know that it is my responsibility to develop the whole person, creating responsible citizens, and as such I have developed an atmosphere in my classroom where every pupil is encouraged to express themselves and fulfil their learning potential.
The Caring City: Sustainable Communities of Care in Glasgow
Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland
Caring Glasgow: Sustainable Communities of Care in Glasgow
OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST
Before my life in formal education I was the lead singer of Stylus Automatic - easily the biggest band up our close! For the best part of a decade we played up and down the UK and spent some time in L.A recording our album Nightwindows. A music journalist for the List once wrote that our sound was somewhere between the Clash and the Reverend Al Green! I'm still into my sounds and from time-to-time get together with band members and other friends to make a racket.
Massive fan of the fantasy novel genre - Dragons, Witches, Wizards, Magic n stuff. Particularly keen on the subgenre Urban Fantasy, in which the narrative has an urban setting. Real-world cities can be surreal places that lend themselves well to stories of magical coexistence, conflict and love. I've just finished Helen Wecker's 'The Golem and the Jinni', which is a belter of a book. Set in New York at the turn of last century the story blends the magic of Jewish and Arab folklore through two displaced mystical beings as they experience the rise of Lower Manhattan.