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 entered Education as a mature age student after a previous career as a law student. Education was very much a calling for me, as I always remember enjoying teaching people things. I have taught in NSW as well as South Australia where I am currently Year 5 classroom teacher at a co-ed independent school. I have previously taught specialist ICT (K-6).
Who or what keeps you inspired and in your work?
My motivation is seeing children succeed. I strive to let students realised they can win at their learning, but making it their process. Keeping things exciting and letting the students be part of the innovation in the classroom really gets engagement up, which makes kids excited about being at school – which really helps!
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Working with children is always its own reward, but nothing beats those ‘a-ha’ moments. Seeing a child go through a transformative experience, and having played a part in that is remarkable. Challenges – workload, workload, workload.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
Convince everyone that NAPLAN is just one part of the picture. There seems a big divide between those who tout it as the be all and end all, and those who realise the value it holds, and to keep it in perspective. As a social institution, education seems to have a range of opinions and views, something that holds both enormous potential for innovative change, but also for dis-harmony, if we are not flexible and accommodating of all perspectives.
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 great vehicle for the many voices within Australian education. I am hoping the account can provide some good conversations.
Is there anything else you would like to add?