Get to know this week’s host Jenny Ashby @jjash
Please tell us a little about your background in education.
I have been a Primary teacher for over 30 years in Bendigo Victoria. I have taught all year levels and specialist areas including library (although no training) ICT (Master in ICT Ed) and Reading Recovery/Literacy for the last 13 years.
Why did you decide to become involved in education?
Teaching was my preferred career path since about grade 2. Must have had a good year that year. I have continued in education because I believe education can be a life changer. I also believe everyone should have the opportunity and access to education regardless of their race, gender, SES, health or location.
What are some of the roles you’ve had and what does your current role involve?
My current role is reading recovery and literacy support. This sees me working with the hardest to teach children and believing in them so they can learn and develop their literacy skills in both reading and writing. I am the ICT administrator at my school and have previously coached staff and ran specialist programs. I created a WIM centre last year which stands for Wondering Imagining and Making. This centre is in the library and has activities set up for student to engage with including coding, beebots, robots, lego etc.
I also run minecraft club on a Thursday after school.
I’m a founding member of Slide2Learn, a group of teachers who provide an annual professional development event for teachers about using mobile devices for learning.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
The children keep me inspired at school. Seeing them learn and grow inspires me each day to continue. Also other teachers on twitter inspire me to try new things in my school and to consider and reflect on new ideas.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
Obviously its the children growing are the biggest rewards. The hardest thing is working with children with trauma. Its effecting many of our children in our communities.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I’d make NAPLAN less and school level assessment more. Individual student achievement should be the priority and where the action is each day.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
EdutweetOZ can be a place where liked minded people come together and share ideas, inspire, question and discuss all things about learning. This week I’m hoping to focus upon virtual learning.
What is virtual learning?
Why use virtual learning?
How have you used virtual learning?
What are some examples of virtual learning?
Is there a place for virtual learning?