Get to know this week’s host Karen Graham (@Kazegraham)


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?
Since leaving High School and graduating from University, I was straight into full time teaching in the Macarthur area. I have taught all stages with a particular interest in Stage 3. I am currently teaching a composite 5/6 class at Camden South Public School. My most current role is that of coordinating a casual and temporary teachers network. This interest stems from recently completing my Highly Accomplished Teacher accreditation. 

Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?

My students that I teach are definitely an inspiration to me. Continually improving my teaching practice is imperative if I expect my students to value learning. My PLN is another inspiration for me. TeachMeets and online chats have opened up a whole new world of teaching, from mystery skyping, coding and PBL within the classroom, teaching and learning possibilities are endless. My current principal motivates me in my work. He has a ‘can do’ and is always willing to listen to my ‘I have an idea​’ discussions.

What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?

Rewards – Real world, real time, real connections learning. In my classroom, we love to make connections with our learning, whether that is within our classroom, our community or around the world. There is no more, sit down, be quiet and do as you’re told because I told you. Why and I wonder questions are investigated.

Challenges – Sooo many ideas, which idea do I run with? Expectations move so quickly, that no sooner are we comfortable with specific approaches to education that everything changes again. 

If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?

Collaboration between schools valued more. There are so many wonderful teachers that I would love to learn with. A willingness to collaborate between colleagues. 

Advocate for accreditation. Accreditation allows us to celebrate what we are already doing.

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 exactly what I value in education. Collaboration. A platform to share and be connected. Everybody is on an equal platform with all opinions valued. 

My hope for the account this week is to encourage collaboration, particularly by showing my staff the significance of twitter and EduTweetOz in expanding our professional knowledge and practice.


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