Sydney teacher, Magdalene Mattson is our host this week. Here are her 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?
Teaching found me, I was volunteering in schools and when I first saw a kid learn something from me, I thought that was really cool. I have taught a range of infants to primary age students, love integrating technology and showing kids what they are really capable as well as nurturing their creativity and realising what they can create.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
Twitter – the fact that I have been able to learn from teachers all over the world and use that in my teaching is great.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The fact that learners/students have the world at their fingertips, simple answers can be easily found. There are a range of skills that teachers have and resources that they use to support a wide range of learners,
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
The way students are assessed on a national scale – students are capable of so much more than what is shown on a standard test.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
I have been a huge fan of EduTweetOz and since I became a serious tweeter hosting has always been a hope.EduTweetOz already has a huge following and I can see it growing and getting more teachers on board – I love to see popular tweeters and chats connect. So I would love to see more of that.
This week I would like to connect with more educators, build my PLN, share what I am doing while promoting other chats, tweeters and helpful sites and resources.
I also just want to have some fun!
To connect with Magdalene, follow her on Twitter at @