Get to know @vanweringh, this week’s @EduTweetOz host.

It’s very exciting to have @vanweringh hosting @EduTweetOz this week. She has been an active member of the community from the very beginning and shares fantastic resources and ideas through various chats and groups on twitter. Get to know a bit more about her here and make sure you engage over the week for fabulous learning and community building! (I’m very excited by her answers to question 2, looking forward to seeing what everyone sends in!).

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

Hi, my name is Ilja van Weringh. I teach Humanities and Senior History (IB) at Wesley College in Melbourne. I am Head of the Humanities Department which involves, amongst other things, implementing the National Curriculum and the IB MYP (International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program). It’s a big job but I have wonderful colleagues and together we work hard at developing great new curriculum.

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

  1. Share your workplace; what does your office or classroom look like? (send pic!)

  2. Professional reading; do you do it? What do you read?

  3. We are Twitter converts, but should we be trying to convert others? How?  (I expect Religious puns)

  4. Ways to stay relaxed and happy in the workplace, what are your strategies? Time management tips? Efficiency and productivity tips?

  5. Do you blog? Why or why not? Is it useful? What do you get out of it? Share tips, ideas etc. (Mine is here: thinkedu.net)

I intend to make “Storify-s” of what people send, but we’ll see how it goes.

Who are your teaching role models and why?

I work with inspiring people who are experienced, vibrant and willing to share. On top of that, I have many “online colleagues”. I feel that I have built real relationships with many of teachers on Twitter. I have gained ideas, resources, links and insight from them. My favourite tags are #histedchat, #ibhistory, #mypchat, #historyteacher, and of course #edutweetoz.

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

Work / life balance, without a doubt.

Teachers work so hard. The pressure on our time is so high. I find it particularly hard to swallow when politicians or the media make sweeping statements about teacher quality, ranking teachers, teacher’s pay, workload etc. I would love to see some of them take our place for a week and see how it works at the coalface.

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

I want to see an emphasis on choice, critical thinking and solving real world problems so that students become active participants in their and our future. We need the current and future generations to deal with problems and challenges that we can’t even imagine.

Oh, and world peace….

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