Please welcome this week’s host Violet Verbena

Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
My students inspire me! I genuinely enjoy the company of young people and I love feeling like I am fighting the good fight.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The rewards are inherent in feeling like you are making a difference.  The challenges are having decisions made about education by people who are not and have never been teachers.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I would cut the red tape to give teachers more freedom.  Research is very clear that standardised testing does not improve learning outcomes.  Check out High Tech High in the US.  They are doing really cool stuff.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?

I will be discussing a very distressing and traumatic event which happened in my community last year.  We had a student suicide and it has been a very sad and distressing journey.  Hopefully people can learn from what we did right – and how we got some things wrong.

If you require help we recommend contacting Headspace in your state or Lifeline on 13 11 14

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