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.
I was recently asked to speak at an educational conference, to be held in Sydney later this year. Several speakers who are already lined up are people I regard very highly in Australian education – indeed, many are a part of my PLN (personal learning network). It was initially suggested that I speak about that… Read More “Thanks but no thanks”.
If ever time has seemingly flown, it must surely be assigned to the first four weeks of teaching. Whilst I am only teaching three days a week, the hours put into “behind-the-scenes” preparation certainly make actual work time on-par with full-time positions I have previously held. So, a quick synopsis of how things are going:… Read More Suddenly, it’s the end of week four!
I am officially doing the job I have yearned to do for a long time. I am a teacher. The last couple of weeks have flown by, compounded by a handful of teaching days at the Junior Science Academy at Macquarie University, followed in quick succession by work at my casual job, then a staff… Read More And so it begins…