Steiner teacher, Sarah Langford has been hosting the EduTweetOz account all week. Here is some more about her.
Please tell us a little about your background in education. Why did you decide to become involved in education? What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
I have taught English and History (SOSE) for nine years. One year in a public school, seven in a Grammar school and this is my first year as a Steiner teacher. I’ve also worked as a casual parliamentary educator at Parliament House. My current role feels more about learning than about teaching. So much is new in terms of curriculum content, as well as organisation and philosophy.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
It’s really the students who keep me motivated. Nothing is better than seeing a student have a lightbulb moment or hearing questions that show that they’re thinking on a deeper level.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The biggest challenge is time. There is so much to do and to get through and there never seems to be enough time. The reward is knowing that you’re doing something meaningful that is making a difference in students’ lives. We might not see it, it might only happen years later but I believe that it’s there.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I would limit standardised testing and try to give teachers more time and autonomy to do their jobs. I would encourage more authenticity in assessment (something that I try to challenge myself with) and more community engagement. I would also like to raise the profile of music and art as important parts of the curriculum.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
EduTweetOz is a great source of information, resources, and encouragement for teachers. I am hoping to give some insight into Steiner education this week.
To connect with Sarah, follow her on Twitter where she tweets as @skipdot