My areas of expertise include: * History Years 7-12 - including Ancient, Medieval and Modern Australian and World History * WWI and WWII, focusing on Holocaust studies * History Revolutions teacher and exam assessor - in particular Russian and Chinese Revolutions * Debating (especially for low literacy learners) * English and Literature Years 7-12
I believe integrating subjects together to increase student engagement helps to develop skills and make relevant links to students' lives. For example - when studying the Holocaust, we are not only looking at the people, places and event from a Historians point of view, but developing our English written, reading and analysis skills at the same time. I also use technology as much as possible to reach students on a level that they understand. This year all of my students now have laptops at school and all of our curriculum is available to them 24/7 online, including help from me!
In 2012 I was selected to be the Chinese Revolutions expert to write the Year 12 VCE Exams for VCAA. A huge challenge and responsibility! In January 2014 I spent 3 weeks studying at the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel, thanks to a study grant I was awarded by Gandel Philonthropy. It was an intense and inspiring time and I can't wait to get back in to the classroom!
Advanced Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing - 2001 Bachelor of Arts (History/English major) - 2005 Bachelor of Secondary Education (History/English) - 2006 Bastow Institute - Leading Literacy - 2015
I live in the South-East of Victoria Australia with my husband (also a teacher!), our 3 beautiful children, 2 cats and 1 blue-tongue lizard. We love to watch our son play football and basketball, and spend time going to the AFL to watch Carlton play on the weekends.
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, European History, World History, Computer Science - Technology, English, Australian History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, Literature, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Black History Month, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Close Reading