Want to find out some more about Mark Johnson who has been hosting the EduTweetOz account for the past 7 days. Here are his responses to our host questionnare:
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?
Around 20 odd years ago I found that I was getting more and more back pain from working as a landscaper. After looking at my options someone laughingly suggested I should become a teacher. Mainly because most people said that I couldn’t possibly do it, I became a teacher.
I am currently a year 4 teacher at a large P-12 campus on the Gold Coast. This is my 15th year of teaching, and I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed it more. I love my job!
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
I am very much motivated by the fact that I love going to work. I enjoy the interactions with the students and I am lucky to work with an incredibly friendly and open group of teachers
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
I don’t have any grandiose thoughts about ‘changing people’s lives’ or ‘making a difference’. But I do feel I’m contributing to helping young people learn in a space they are comfortable to be in. The challenge is bending against a system that feels learning is not important unless we can measure it.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
A massive injection of funds into schools for children with a disability.
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 learnt so much from following EduTweetOz. It is rightly recognised as an important resource for educators. I’m just hoping to share a little of my journey as a teacher, warts and all.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Look out, I’m out of the cage!
To keep in touch with Mark, follow him at @seminyaksunset