Get to know this week’s @EduTweetOz curator – @7Mrsjames

We are so lucky to welcome @7Mrsjames to the hosting chair this week. Jeanette is a true innovator, passionate about student voice and building a community of educators. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her in person and can confirm that she practices what she preaches!

(Photo is with Dr Tony Loughland, myself, Ms Kelly Kenny, Ms Michelle Hostrup and Mr Matt Esterman at the AITSL Learning Collective, Sydney)[Admin: Jeanette specifically requested we use a group photo as “We’re all in this together.” Awwww too lovely.]

Please tell us a little about yourself. What is your current role and what does it involve?

My current role at Oakhill College Castle Hill, as a learning facilitator involves Year 7 and 12 Food technology, Drama, ICT and Religious Education. The College has a 75 year history and is 7-10 single sex (male) and 11-12 co-educational environment. I work three days at Oakhill and two days a week as Partnership broker with AusSIP ( assisting building partnerships between schools, industry and community.

What do you plan to talk about on Edutweetoz this week?

During Sunday 4th August to Sunday 11th August, I hope to:

  • share my own learning and that of my students (student voice reflecting during the week).
  • the #subjectatschool instagram invitation
  • celebrating all things education using the @instaedglobal instagram account
  • reflect on 4C super skills (collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity)
  • share my passion for mindmatters, HOM and positive psychology.
  • recognise all the wonderful learning across our great land of OZ!

Who are your teaching role models and why?

My teaching role models have been:

  • My primary school teachers Mrs Chubb (kindy) and Mrs Dianne Rozanski (Yr4) (supporting and extended my learning growth)
  • My junior high teachers Ms Annette Booth-Jones (Home Ec) and Ms Evelyn Price (Science) for forging a belief in me as a quieter student and making learning FUN!
  • Mrs Jill Conole (HOD at first full time teaching appointment at Gleeson College, Adelaide) and Mrs Di Herron (current HOD Creative Art) for their inspirational practice, great service and awesome true and humble leadership skills.
  • Educators I’ve met via twitter like @edusum, @clarindabrown, @johnqgoh, @townsey77 @malynmawby and my #pln who inspire and challenge me.
  • My students. They are the reason why we here and I adapt pedagogy to suit their needs; in that sense they are tremendous role models.

What issues do you think are most pressing for teachers today?

In order to be an effective learning facilitator, and prepare and deliver engaging purposeful lessons, I feel TIME is the most pressing issue. To “do things properly” .. time is needed to reflect and refine teaching practice.

Another issue facing teachers today in general, would probably be the idea of change. Change in learning spaces, pedagogy, andragogy and the 20th + 21st Century educational paradigm shifts. Also differentiation. One size fits all to both student and teacher learning simply does not work.

What are your hopes for education in the next 10 years?

My hopes for education in the next 10 years would see a shift in language surrounding education to embrace opportunities; Yallow learning communities instead of Yallow school.  These learning communities would include the community and industry in providing real time and purposeful learning for all members; students, teaching staff, family members. These stakeholders would work towards a common goal of continuous learning, whereby curiosity, creativity and collaboration is encouraged and celebrated.

Ditch terms such as homework to SP: study prep or LEA: learning extension activities. LEA could be preparing a home veggie garden over a term or working towards a self initiated personal learning goal rather than worksheets or tasks.

I would also love more local learning communities to work together on projects, regardless of sector. Working together over a longer period of time, bridging the gap of primary to high school transition would see brilliant benefits.  Flexible learning times and spaces for both staff, students and families would be something to aim for, as our society progresses into the future.



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