Ben Lannen, an primary school teacher from Melbourne, will be taking over EduTweetOz account this week. 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?
I always wanted to be a teacher growing up, my Pa was a principal and always looked up to him. I had some great role models as teachers that also fuelled the passion to one day become a teacher. However my university degree took me towards an enjoyable and successful 5 year career as a Video Game Designer. Eventually, working and learning about engaging teens and kids through the game development process fuelled the fire to begin teaching and thus started my fruitful career as an educator. Along with being a 5/6 classroom teacher, my current role is eLearning ICT Leader. This leadership role oversees the whole school eSmart Safety program, the digital curriculum, our staff and student GAFE implementation along with future planning and maintenance of the school with a digital lens.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
Too many to mention, I get inspired easily. I love seeing my students grow in their own individual ways. From academic to well being to sporting to technology, it’s always inspiring seeing a student ‘level up’. Open minded staff and leadership are very motivating, I don’t enjoy doing things repeatedly, unless they are amazing! So to have staff and a leadership team that are open for change and risk taking is hugely motivating.
Global connections through twitter have been so motivating, I look forward to mentioning some of these people during the week.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Rewards: Without doubt, the relationships you create with your students. Nothing beats the hourly, daily or termly ‘wins’ you get with your kids and seeing their reaction and what they can achieve.
Challenges: Time. I am constantly trying to find more time to do the things I want to do on top of the things I need to do. Sometimes the things that teachers ‘need’ to do are not always the most important.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
This could be dangerous! Firsty get rid of NAPLAN. End of story.
Provide an easier way to move disengaged teachers from the system
A bigger emphasis on global education and awareness through the curriculum. We are helping to shape the future generation to make the world a better place.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
Twitter is an amazing resource for education PD. EduTweetOz is a great concept that centralises it all. I’m very passionate about Global connections and hope to share some upcoming projects in my classroom to make my students more globally aware.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Looking forward to the week and feel free to follow my Twitter account @bjlannen