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 think that I became involved in education because I had a deep interest in learning. Over the years, my notion of what is actually meant by ‘learning and education’ has really developed. Whether it be starting out as the fifth teacher within a position, teaching a group of Koori boys that traditional education had left behind or working across the breadth of a P-9 college. Each of these situations has taught me the importance of context and growing practice from the ground on up. Earlier this year I left the classroom to take up a position in an education office, supporting schools with the integration of technology.
Who or what keeps you inspired and motivated in your work?
It is the students that help me maintain the rage. There is always space for development in regards to the opportunities that students’ are afforded. What that growth and development might be is a point of conversation.
What do you see as some of the biggest rewards and challenges for people working in education today?
The connected world that we are all a part of means that there is no excuse to being alone and isolated anymore. I remember when I started driving an hour afterschool for a meeting with a group of fellow graduates. Now technology provides the means to easily connect and collaborate, breaking down the old boundaries.
If you had the ability to make changes to the education system in Australia, what would you do?
I think I would put in place a more equitable system. One word: Gonski. Also, I would invest in clusters to provide more opportunities for schools to work as a collective, as opposed to being in competition.
What role do you see EduTweetOz playing on the education scene in Australia and what are your hopes for the account this week?
I hope this week to continue the conversation. Giving voice to some of the amazing educators on the web.