12 Years in New Zealand teaching core subjects for Year 7 & 8 students. Literacy teaching - both reading and writing - based on diagnostic testing and using the formative assessment to guide small groups. 2 Year Ministry of Education contract, based in schools, to teach teachers how to improve their literacy teaching. This involved teacher observation, pre and post discussions and analysis of formative assessment and teaching strategies. Currently English Co-ordinator for Middle School (Years 5 - 8)
I prefer a student focused approach - allowing students choice where possible and teaching them to be independent learners - taking responsibility for planning, time management, choice of tasks, submitted assessments etc. I like students to negotiate the content, the learning process and / or the product. There are times when direct teaching of skills is necessary - I do that too.
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1980: Higher School Certificate (Corowa, NSW) 1993: Diploma of Teaching (Primary) University of Melbourne 1994: Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) University of Melbourne 2012: Master of Education (Curriculum) University of Melbourne
I came to teaching after procrastinating and muddling through various jobs... 10 years between high school and university...but I think the life experience beyond "school" has helped broaden my worldview and my perspectives on education. I am a mother, and grandmother. I paint, I sew, I sing.