Worked as teacher in National (Australia) and International settings (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam). Significant experience teaching in IB PYP schools and am trained and currently active in my role as IB PYP workshop leader in the Asia Pacific Region. Currently working on short and long term contracts in primary class in an IB World School in Hanoi, while also consulting and working independently in teacher training. Work with a team educators (primary, adult education and secondary special education) for BeConWiz- a website for teachers working in inquiry based programmes.
I believe that teaching is about providing experiences that: develop skills, knowledge and practices that will support the learner in a world of constant change. I encourage and provide opportunities for critical and creative thinking, problem solving, calculated risk taking and ownership of ideas. This is achieved by valuing the ideas and input of the learner and the families and communities they come from. Demonstrated ability to create programs that promote learning experiences and environments that encourage students to develop an understanding of how they learn and how they can utilise and expand the PYP essential elements ( Skills, knowledge, action, concepts and attiudes) into new environments. Commitment to using quality children’s literature in class activities to enrich and support learning experiences and class inquiries and units of study. Commitment to using practices that develop, enhance and support children’s literacy and language understandings, attitudes, skills and practices. A belief and commitment to embedding learning experiences, where possible, in the interests of the students to ensure developed skills, knowledge and practices are relevant and meaningful. Demonstrated ability to utilise a variety of teaching, learning models and practices to provide supportive, challenging and innovative learning experiences.
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Co-founder, Trainer & Resource Development - BeConWiz.com IBPYP Workshop leader Classroom Teacher in IB world schools (grade K - 2) Curriculum Support Coordinator in IB world school (Grade 2-3) EAL Teacher in IB world school (Grade K-5)
BeConWiz Consultancy Design and develop innovative and resources to support inquiry based teaching in a variety of schools and regions Plan and develop inquiry based resources and teaching strategies in collaboration with BCW team and teachers with special resource/strategy requests Liaise and consult with team members to create differentiated and bespoke resources and training for educators working within inquiry frameworks Provide collaborative online mentoring role or supervisory role to support on going training and development with teachers in international schools. Providing in-school consultancy or residential programs to support the development and up skilling of teachers using literacy as a transdisciplinary approach. Research and maintain understanding of best practice research and classroom teacher needs. Work collaboratively with illustrator to develop visual literacy resources that support learners with particular learning or language needs Demonstrated ability to provide differentiated adult training programs that carter for a range of language needs, experiences and different work and teaching contexts
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Social Studies - History, Civics, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), EFL - ESL - ELD, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, International Baccalaureate, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Economics , Word Problems, General Science, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Poetry, For All Subjects, For Administrators, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community