What do you think is the most challenging issue in education today
I feel that having support for students through having teachers and support staff that can support priority learners and those who have learning difficulties or English as a second language. The issue i see is support getting progressively cut year after year and less help for students who need a bit more support
What is feedback for learning and how well do you give it to students?
As I’ve learned from Te Kotahitanga students benefit from feedback and feedfoward about their behaviour and academic, i use this through mini chats with students reading and looking through their work with them and giving some constructive feedback with helps feedfoward into what their next step is. I also do this in a written format through Edmodo and formative work.
How do you envision our teaching changing over the next 5 years?
I see it becoming more efficient as i gain more and more confidence and depth in my curriculum knowledge and better pacing in my lessons i would like to see more effective use f technology and better integration of collaborative tools and wider collaboration than the classroom
What is your favourite part of the school day and why?
Before school. I come to school very early, before 7am. It is my most productive time of the day, it is also quiet and sets my head in the right space as i prepare the classroom and practical equipment for the day
5 random facts about myself
Worst teacher in existence at noticing uniform infringements
I often mix up numbers/letters (the words and their meaning)
I can’t draw
I can’t sing and will mime singing the school song to avoid embarrassment
4 things from my bucket list
Do Tongariro crossing
Be in charge of something at school - subject, club, team, etc
Run 10k without slowing to a walk
3 things I hope for this year as an educator
Kamar won’t crash or glitch
My students to get into their class choices for 2015 - meet all Science pre-requisites
All teachers I’m helping to complete their e-portfolios by december
2 things that have made me laugh or cry as an educator
Student stories and their completely off the wall thoughts make me laugh daily
The last thing that made me cry was a year 12 student who worked so hard and studied so much, she attended tutorials and did every extra to aim for Excellence on assessment. In the assessment she freaked out and mixed up questions and got Not Achieved, we were both very upset (happy tears followed when she got Excellence in the resit)
1 thing I wish more people knew about me
My varied range of hobbies (reading, archery, anime, sci-fi/fantasy, exercise, video and board gaming)
One of my biggest accomplishments in teaching
Mine would have to be the progress I’ve made in developing, leading and teaching others to use e-learning in a variety of ways in the classroom, using BYOD in my classes and developing a range of tools and skills. Also becoming the go to department expert in e-portfolios and using new tools
30 day reflective teaching challenge
What is in your desk draw and what can you infer from its contents?
My desk and drawer are shown, I’m am thoroughly organised and tidy and focused on being tidy and knowing where everything is, this shows through i have advanced (though ever changing) planning use a well organised calendar to keep planning tidy and thorough
I keep my area tidy I’ve always believed a cluttered desk/area can clutter a mind and my organisations helps me focus on work