Having spent some time reading through a few Twitter threads in response to the Sydney Morning Herald’s article titled Our country needs good teachers. I am not going to be one of them., I felt that I couldn’t do justice to my thoughts in one or two 140 character tweets. As a result, I’ve… Read More Indeed, Australia does need (more) good teachers.
Not an insect-induced kind of itch, more of an “expressionless penchant” kind of itch. You know – a strong inclination or keen interest in something with no discernable outlet or meaningful physical manifestation. For me, that “itch” came in the form of a love of science and technology. Undeterred by a calamitous encounter with Physics and… Read More What to do when there’s an itch.
and I guess a little bit of that. I feel as though I should blog more, and really I would love to, but I often come to the conclusion that while my reflective thoughts are omnipresent, they are often short in length, and specific to my teaching context, and thus not blog-worthy. As such, this… Read More A little bit of this…
I’ve been teaching for just over a year now. In every other job I’ve had in life, by one year in, I’ve essentially had the “doing” part of the position down pat. I’m often to the point of being bored and subsequently commence looking for new challenges shortly thereafter. Teaching isn’t like that. I feel… Read More Second Year Out
Last week was, as @mrascience so eloquently put it, “The holiest week of the year”. National Science Week. A week I never had any concept of prior to 2014. What a pity it required my studying a degree as a post-graduate student to even realise such a thing existed! Life since 2014 has certainly had… Read More Of primary concern.
I’m not sure I know where to start with this post, as my mind is in a constant state of motion – usually circular, and often at high speed. As my previous post mentioned (nearly 2 months ago), I have taken on a full-time workload this term. I teach all students at my school SciTech… Read More Teaching has become all-encompassing
Be careful what you wish for… From 3rd May, I will not only be teaching Science with every class from preschool to year six in my school once a week, but I will also be the year 5 girls’ general studies teacher (in parallel with their Jewish Studies and Hebrew lessons), on top of teaching… Read More A whole heap more.
I’ve arrived at the pointy end of term one – my first as a fully fledged educatorlearner. Whilst there’s been a plethora of fabulous moments in my science lessons to date this term, as any honest early career educator will tell you, there’s been a handful of FAILs (First Attempts In Learning). My journey as… Read More What is this educatorlearner you speak of?
I had an interesting interaction earlier this week. One of my PLN politely questioned my understanding of, and therefore ability to teach certain scientific concepts at a primary level. I do not purport to be a scientist, nor purveyor of all things scientific knowledge. What I do profess to is having a passion for science.… Read More Questionable.
As a primary SciTech specialist early career teacher, I am rapidly discovering that there are distinct advantages and downsides to my teaching position. Conversely, as a pre-service teacher (PST), I could only envision one negative, which was the presumption that primary generalist teachers within a school with a specialist teacher would become even further removed… Read More The pros and cons.