This week we move to Melbourne, with primary school teacher, Eleni Kyritsis taking over the account.
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 began my teaching career in 2012 at a Catholic Primary School in Melbourne. I taught Year 4 for two years and am currently teaching Year 6 and Level Leader. I am the co-host of Teach Tech Play, a monthly web-show showcasing the tools and strategies educators from around the world are using in their classrooms. I have been selected to attend the Google Teacher Academy in 2 weeks time which I am really looking forward to.
I have assisted with the implementation of my school’s Google Apps For Education and Year 5 & 6 1:1 Chromebook program. I find the integration of new and emerging technologies in my classes greatly assists my students to achieve their learning intentions. I love using a class blog and Twitter to showcase and share students learning to the wider community. This enables students to communicate with other students from around the world to develop authentic meaning to their learning. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to help foster and support students as lifelong learners.
This year I have begun to share my learning at conferences. I have presented at Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV) and have sessions at the upcoming Melbourne GAFE Summit. I am involved in the Melbourne Google Educator Group (GEG) having hosted and ran sessions for this amazing group of passionate educators.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
The biggest inspiration for me are the students. I want to encourage, challenge and have a positive influence on each and every student I teach. Seeing my students achieve and be successful, learn and grow motivates me every single day.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The biggest reward is seeing my students enthusiastic and enjoying their learning. As educators we are always trying to teach the perfect lesson, but is there such a thing? We could always have done something differently and can always improve. Reflection on our own practice is crucial to our own continuous improvement resulting in students wanting to learn.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I would embrace student voice. I believe that the students themselves provide the most valuable feedback to a teacher. They are honest, real, and their perspective needs to be listened too.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
EduTweetOz provides educators from around Australia the opportunity learn from others. I believe that as educators today we should not limit ourselves to only extending our learning through school lead Professional Development but exploring what else is out there, such as social media. This week I hope to continue to share and learn from others about best practice and finding new and innovative ways to engage, support and challenge my students learning.