This week we’ll be moving from Western Australia all the way to Melbourne as Dean Kuran takes over the hosting duties for @EduTweetOz. A huge thank you to Mags Lum who shared so much of herself last week.
Dean is a Year 3 teacher at a school in Melbourne, working with the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate. You can follow him on Twitter at @Mr_Kuran
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 am a Year 3 teacher at an IB-PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. It also happens to be the same school that I attended as a child.
I was lucky to have the opportunity when I finished high school to coach a group of Under 10 basketballers at the club I played at as a junior. From there, I developed a passion for developing the skills of young children. I received a position as an after-school program sports coach and knew that I wanted to become a teacher because I got a thrill out of seeing children solve problems, acquire new knowledge and understandings, learn both independently and as a group, and develop themselves as human beings.
I spent one year as an integration aide before completing my Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) at Deakin, and am now in my third year of teaching.
I am passionate about ICT integration to enhance teaching and learning. In my first year of teaching, I was my school’s ICT Passion Team leader and collaborated other teaching staff to strengthen appropriate ICT usage and develop our students’ skills in independent and collaborative inquiry, research, editing and publishing, networking, and communicating.
I am intrigued by inquiry-based and concept-based learning, collaborative planning processes and am inspired by The School In The Cloud project by Sugata Mitra.
I am blessed to be surrounded by a staffroom full of unique personalities with a wealth of experience and a willingness to succeed.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
I truly appreciate that every day is a new day in our learning space, and an opportunity to really make a difference in a child’s life.
The late Rita Pierson, in her well-known TED Talk, said, ‘Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.’
I’m inspired by the creativity, responsibility and tolerance of other educators and am grateful for the way they share their ideas.
I will never, ever be the best classroom teacher in the world, but I will always endeavour to make my students better academically, emotionally and socially.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
I believe the biggest reward is inspiring students to become life-long learners. As educators we are literally shaping the next generation and the future of our world. Knowing that we as teachers are in a position to inspire, provoke, challenge and bring the best out of children is the biggest reward.
The challenge? Making every minute, every lesson and every day count. The next ‘Aha!’ moment is around the corner.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
More funding for students with special needs, and giving students more opportunities to be involved in community service.
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 fantastic way to celebrate the diversity of educators around the country. It allows everyday people in the education system to share, connect and challenge the thoughts of others.
I hope the be able to share some of my positive, negative and mind-changing experiences from my time as an educator, and hopefully spark some critical discussion!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A big thank you to the EduTweetOz moderators for having me on!