This week EduTweetOz heads down to lovely Echuca in Victoria, with Ben Fitzpatrick, a Catholic secondary school leader in the driver’s seat.
Ben tweets as @FitzBen
Here are his answers to our five questions
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?
This is my 10th year of Catholic secondary teaching, and I am currently on my School’s Leadership Team, basically responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school. i.e. reporting, camps, excursions, buildings & grounds, PTI’s, ICT oversight, etc. I was previously the Year 9 co-ordinator for three years. My teaching areas are business, commerce, IT, etc. But I basically have a go at anything.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
I get my energy from the kids, spending time with them, getting to know them and seeing them grow. I also like the support I get to offer my colleagues. Knowing (or hoping) the work I do is trying to make the school a better place for all is also inspiring. The diversity of the role is also life-giving as I never know how my day is going to end up.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Rewards: Success of the kids we work with, diversity of the work, ability to travel & work, exciting nature of the development of 21st century schools.
Challenges: We don’t often get to see the fruits of our hard work, but hearing of the success of past students is really nice. Political nature of education will always be a challenge I think. One of those jobs where time is never on our side.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
Stop governments constantly changing the goal posts. Allow an organisation to be set up that manages the system, is data driven and doesn’t base decisions on what they liked/thought was best about school when they were young. (Like I hope AITSL can become with Hattie in the lead)
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
It allows open dialogue, banter, debate for educators from all points of the compass. My hopes for this week are really to learn a lot and hopefully have a bit of fun doing it.