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My Journey so far Assessment
My Teaching philosophy Reporting
Teaching experience Professional Development
My engaging classroom
Interaction with students
Victorian Essential Learning Standards
Work related experience
E-potential My goals for 2010
My Planning and Organisation Joining the teaching profession
My Journey so far…
I have 3 BEACH Australian ICT in
sisters and I love water sports and FITNESS Education Education
I am a non particularly enjoy being by the I enjoy attending the Union AEU Victoria
identical beach. I enjoy surfing and gym. It believe it is ICTEV
twin swimming. very important to
keep your mind and PROFESSIONAL
INTERESTS Primary English
body healthy and MEMBERSHIPS Teaching
I enjoy travelling This photo is of the last night of TAC-Q. The leaders wear fancy dress
and experiencing and make it a really special and fun night for the campers. I am in the
I believe it is a Victorian I believe that all
different cultures. middle with 2 other leaders in our fairy costumes we made!
teachers Independent students are capable of
responsibility to Education Union learning and it is the
find meaningful VIEU teachers responsibility
ways of connecting ANAPHALATICS to ensure all children
learning with real TRAINING have opportunity to
world situations. learn, using various
PD WEEK COMMITTEE
LEVEL 1 AUSLAN
Collaboratively organised a
professional development YWCA
week for teaching students at While studying
SKILLS Deakin University abroad volunteered
at a women's
TRY YOUTH refuge. My
Working as a leader at local primary responsibilities
LEVEL 2 FIRST
school holiday program activities were preparing
AID TRAINING TAC Q VOLUNTEER
included art and craft activities and healthy sufficient
Teenage Adventure Camps excursions with the group. WORK snacks for the
Queensland is an organisation children.
I lived, studied that runs camps for teenagers
and did a with disabilities and life
teaching threatening illness. I SCHOOL SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY BUSHFIRES
practicum volunteered on the camp for 4 RELATED Joined group at University after the Volunteering
abroad for a years and my responsibilities EXPERIENCE February bushfires that helped time to help
semester including showering, feeding and collect resources for schools affected. out at
ensuring general wellbeing of Also visited some of the school Hughesdale
the teenagers. affected and assisted in the Primary
My Teaching Philosophy
Education is one of the most important gifts we can
give children today, and a good education should be a
basic human right not something only for the
privileged. As a teacher I believe the
The purpose of today's best way to help students
schools is educating the learn is getting to know
youth of today to be the their strengths, weaknesses,
leaders of tomorrow. likes and dislikes.
Students need to be
educated from a worldly
perspective to learn from
mistakes made in the past
and move forward It is important for students to
confidently. feel comfortable in their
learning environment. As
teachers we must make
It is important that I help ourselves available and
students become lifelong approachable to students if the
learners. It is also important require assistance.
that as a teacher I find
meaningful ways of
connecting learning to real life Students need to be respected as
tasks. individuals. In order for students to
learn effectively their differences need
to be considered and respected.
All students are capable of learning and it is
the teachers responsibility to ensure all
children have opportunity to learn, using
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observing semester. second semester semester semester second return for 3
6 days 6 days semester. 10 days 10 days Worked semester blocks during
observation observation International teaching on teaching on weekly with 10 days the year.
in a prep in a prep placement at average 1 average 2 prep students taught 24 Completed
class classroom an lesson per lessons per teaching lessons in 45 days in
Elementary day. day. Taught science. total. total-on final
school in 24 lessons in placement
Indiana, USA. total. teach for 10
1 half day days
each week of consecutively
the semester. .
My Engaging Classroom
"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can “I hear I forget.
only make them think." I see I remember.
-- Socrates I do I understand.”
Deborah Ash, Cheltenham East Primary School http://thsw.edublogs.org/
This is a blog I created to
share and reflect with my
peers effective classroom
I am aware of classroom management
I use a range of teaching approaches which
challenges and develop appropriate
foster independent and cooperative
professional responses to them.
learning and cater for different learning Body Movement: You like to move, dance,
needs of the classroom. wiggle, walk, and swim. You are likely good
at sports, and you have good fine motor
skills. You may enjoy taking things apart and
putting them back together. Incorporating I will follow the
I am aware that all students learn body movement into your learning will help discipline
you process and retain information better. procedures in place
differently. Multiple intelligences
enables teachers to cater for a range at my school.
of student abilities. If I am aware of
students preferred learning styles I am aware of my own
and interests I can design learning strengths and can identify
activities that are meaningful and areas of development as Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School
effective. an emerging member of I establish clear expectations of behaviour
the profession. for a safe learning environment.
Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
I have a critical understanding of the
content, processes and skills that I teach
INQUIRY BASED Unit of work on
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Kathy Wills, Highvale Primary School
SCIENCE Level 2 Unit of work
integrated across 2 strands of VELS
I know how to integrate learning
and student understanding across
a number of content areas.
“She has reasonable
knowledge of the
curriculum areas and
domains when planning.”
I am familiar with curriculum statements,
frameworks and assessment structures Deborah Ash, Cheltenham
commonly used in schools. East Primary School
This is a Dartboard I created to
use in my grade 3 classroom
when doing place value
I regard all students as capable of learning and
demonstrate an understanding of equity.
Lesson plan of one of my favourite
maths lesson .
Open ended activities are useful when teaching
math because they allow students of varying levels
to work on the same question at their own speed.
They are a great tool for peer learning as students
share their different strategies and ideas they used
to solve the problem.
This is a weekly planner I
developed for my grade 3 class
during writing time. The
outcome was a narrative about
a day in the life of an aboriginal
This is a writing sample of one of my
students finished information reports.
I establish clear and Students were given the opportunity to
challenging and achievable research something relating to water
learning goals for students that they were interested in.
as individuals and groups.
Lesson plan of my favourite Literacy
I believe technology is a very useful tool in today's classroom. Technology is not meant to replace the role of the teacher, instead it is meant to act as an
aid to the teachers instruction. Using technology as a tool in the classroom creates an engaging environment that encourages student learning.
I design lesson plans which
We need to think about how we
integrate a range of can use these in our classroom…
activities, resources and Educational
materials to support software programs
learning, including the use
allow students to
of ICT and other
We also need to keep in mind that with the rapid technological
advances things taught today in 2 years time may no longer be
This is a web based activity I created This is PowerPoint presentation I situations they
and published using Microsoft developed demonstrating Future would not be
Power point education and the importance of exposed to in a
technology normal classroom
“Many of her lessons included use
of the Interactive Whiteboard.”
Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary
Students in a classroom I
This is a web quest I designed using Click here to view a blog I created on
did some volunteer work
with using computers to do Microsoft word classroom management.
a research assignment on http://thsw.edublogs.org/
I am confident in my ability to use and implement technology
Implementing software in the classroom will benefit my students such as interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and
throughout their life. We are living in society surrounded by computer programs into the classroom. I enjoy using
technology and it is important students have familiarized technology and made it a focus on my most recent teaching
themselves with devices available. round to ensure I integrated technology appropriately into
My Planning & Organisation
Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School This is a weekly plan I developed for each
days reading rotations. The plan was used
by all level 3 teachers.
I find checklists an effective way of
keeping track of work students have
Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School
Each lesson I teach has a focus and
objective that is explicit to the students
interests and point of need.
Assessment is the ongoing process of gathering, analysing and reflecting on evidence
to make informed and consistent judgments to improve future student learning.
Assessment AS learning
Assessment FOR learning
I evaluate student responses and
Anecdotal evidence I took while teaching Self assessment
work samples, using a variety of
a sequence of lessons on fractions.
strategies and tools to make
Helped identify students abilities.
This is an example of a self assessment
appropriate assessments of learning
activity I had my students complete. and plan for future learning activities.
This is an assessment rubric I They had to write a letter to me
designed to assess students explaining what they were good at and
portfolio poetry piece.
These are some of the different strategies what they needed to improve in relation
I have used to evaluate student learning. to fractions.
Pre test results against progression
points enabled me to see where to Assessment OF Learning
I believe it is important focus my teaching. Post test results
allowed me to reflect on student
that a wide variety of learning by comparing the results with
assessment techniques the pre tests.
should be used in the
classroom to ensure that
every child is given the
opportunity to show what Familiar with assessment and reporting
they know. processes. I worked with my supervising
teacher at Hughesdale primary school to
assess information reports and match them
against relevant progression points.
Reporting is the process of communicating information about student achievement and progress teachers gain from the assessment
process. The process of reporting supports teaching and learning by providing feedback to students, parents and teachers.
I am aware of tools and practices for
assessing recording and reporting
student learning progress to parents and
Conducting parent teacher interviews enabled me to strengthen my other stakeholders.
knowledge of the reporting process.
Familiar with report cards
Expected level of
I am aware of the importance of providing
feedback. It is important students know
where they are making progress and what
they need to improve.
12 months ago
This is a lesson plan where students had struggled with an
aspect of fractions from the previous day. I made sure I
included time at the beginning of the lesson to reflect and
discuss the lesson to help clear up some of the
misconceptions of my students.
Date Topic Presenter
22nd April Behaviour Management Alan Marshall
28th April Classroom Management Glen Pearsal
29th April Parent teacher relationships Heather Carr
6th May Legal Liability James Rankin
13th May Working with hearing impaired students
3rd June Discussion with Principles Sheryl Chard
18th May (Hawker Brownlow Conference) -Achieving disABILITY Awareness in Every School-Going beyond the -Toby Karten
labels -Eric Jensen
-Tools for Engagement-The Secrets of Total Participation -Rich Allen
-Green Light Classrooms-Strategies that Accelerate Student Learning
25th May (Primary Science Conference) -New Discoveries and best practice in teaching science -Cathy Cavedon & Julie Evans
-Investigating frogs at Ecolinc -Suzanne Clark & Nicole Mason
-Connected? -Kerry Rowett
-The Real Fibre Challenge: International year of natural fibres -Natasha Ziebell
9th June First Aid Level 2 Mark Bravelli
10th June Interactive Whiteboards Catherine Loosley
11th June The teachers role-communicating effectively Ross Dean
11th June Early Literacy Lorraine Wilson
Attending professional development sessions demonstrates my commitment to continue professional
Teaching requires a lot of teamwork to achieve results. I have been given many opportunities to be part of teams and have found working in teams to be a very
Schools affected by bushfires
-Member of the Deakin University
Working with other likeminded students at
Professional Development week
Deakin University to develop resources for
schools devastated by the 2009 Black Saturday
A group of about 30 members organized a
fires. Also teams of students went up to the
week of P.D.’s for over 300 students. The
schools and assisted in classrooms at schools
committee was divided into smaller
affected by the bushfires to give classroom
teams each responsible for organizing a
teachers an opportunity to catch up on testing.
certain aspect of the week. I was in the
I visited Toolangi Primary School.
catering group. We were responsible for
getting organisations to cater the P.D’s,
I can work purposefully and
ensuring there was enough food for
cooperatively with colleagues.
people attending the P.D’s, the food
arriving on time and to the correct
-Teenage Adventure Camps-Queensland
Working with a number of other volunteers to ensure
teenagers with life threatening illnesses are given a
week on camp filled with fun activities. The week is all
about the teenagers and 24 hour attention needs to be
given to several of the campers. Volunteers need to work
together to make sure campers especially those
wheelchair bound are able to enjoy the week.
This is me presenting to my peers and
local community organisations our
achievements with the project -Supervising Teachers
-While on teaching rounds working with
-Purdue Service Learning Project my supervising teachers to ensure
As part of an assignment, we were divided into groups desired outcomes are achieved.
according to interests. As a group we had to complete a Service
learning project. Being placed in groups instead of being able to
choose meant that their were some conflicts that arose that
required everyone's effort to pull together and resolve in order
to produce the assignment. Our Service Learning project was
done in cooperation with the greater Lafayette YWCA and we
decided to prepare healthier snacks for children. Our goal was After completing Service learning there is generally a celebration where groups present
what they achieved. This is my group with our poster and a display with healthy snacks
to teach children to get themselves healthier alternative to the we prepared at the YWCA as well as copies of the recipe books we developed.
convenient packet of chips.
Interaction with students
I demonstrate empathy and positive
regard for and rapport with students.
This is a photo of me
and some of the
teenagers I cared for
Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School
I model exemplary behaviour
for positive interactions with
Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School
Tess’ individual and small group rapport was a definite strength and
she used every opportunity to be involved with the children. It is
obvious she enjoys working with children and she really enjoyed this
age group. She has been a wonderful asset to our classroom and the
children have thoroughly enjoyed having her in the classroom.
Andrea Quinn, Malvern Primary School
Work Related Experience
MURRUMBEENA PRIMARY SCHOOL
OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE I have been employed at
RESPONSIBILITIES: Murrumbeena Primary School
1. To assist with the serving of afternoon snack and Before and After school care
refreshments offered to all children program since 2001 after I
2. Ensure all children remain within the designated
area of the school grounds and are kept under
completed community service
supervision at all times. there as part of the Duke of
3. Ensure that children observe school and Edinburgh award.
playground rules. Always inform the Co-ordinator
or Assistant Co-ordinator of any problems.
4. With other staff of OSHC provide a safe, happy
and caring environment for the children, and
maintain good communication with the Co- This is an example of
ordinator and Assistant Co-ordinator the activities I help
5. Notify the Co-ordinator of any change to your run at the holiday
roster within 48 hours. program.
Murrumbeena Primary School
Before & After School Care
TRY Youth Vacation Care provides
care for children who are at primary
school, over the school holidays. The
program offers in house and
excursion days. I am a leader at TRY
youth and that involves helping to
run the holiday program at
Murrumbeena Primary School.
WORK RELATED EXPERIENCE
Teenage Adventure Camps QLD
TAC-Q is a non for profit charity that runs adventure
camps for teenagers with life threatening illnesses. I have
been privileged enough to volunteer on 4 of the TAC-Q
camps and have found the weeks at camp the most
rewarding experiences of my life.
Wheelchair dancing at the camp
This is a copy of a letter I received from a child I
cared for at camp and his parents.
This is a picture of myself and
http://www.tacq.org.au/ the campers I cared for last
year along with 2 other
Volunteers at TAC-Q have the responsibility
•to be reliable and dependable As a volunteer on camp I understood the professional behaviour and
•To be committed with the support they provide ethical conduct that was expected from me. As well as the duty of
•To use reasonable judgment in any situation care for my campers.
•To be accountable for his/her action
•To uphold privacy and confidentiality in regards to the person
•To provide feedback, suggestions and recommendations
•To communicate with the person if they are unhappy about something This is a article I wrote in
relating to their work the TAC-Q newsletter
•To respect all people they come in contact with after my first camp. The
•To seek guidance and direction in areas they are uncertain newsletter is sent to
This is a picture of me •To seek support and reassurance if the position is stressful families and community
and camper Nathan, •To respect and observe the rights and responsibilities of the person they are groups who are involved
working with with the camp. It also
(right) who I have cared demonstrates my ability
•To ensure equipment is treated with respect and care
for at all 4 TAC-Q camps •To ensure work equipment is treated with respect and care to communicate not only
and his friend Billy who •To ensure they have acted accordingly in an emergency situation by with school aged children
came on his first camp contacting the relevant people but also their parents.
last year. •Understanding the campers vulnerabilities and proactively prevent placing
them in any situation of abuse and neglect.
I believe the education experiences you receive when
travelling are priceless, so in my second year at Deakin
University I decided to embark on a semester of studying
abroad. I was accepted at Purdue University, Indiana, USA.
This is a picture of Purdue
Studying at Purdue University allowed me
to take part in a number of learning
experiences that I would not have had if I
had not decided to study abroad including:
Involved in Service learning At Purdue I achieved academic honors.
Assignment which enabled me to Making a Web quest
volunteer at YWCA .
I found travelling opens up your
Exploring a curriculum mind to so many things that you
Developing web pages other then VELS
are unable to experience at
Immersing yourself in another
country and learning about
-Visiting an elementary school When studying at
Purdue I did practicum at Rossville Elementary different cultures from around
school 1 half day a week. the world are lessons that
teachers can bring back to their
My goals for 2010
• My main goal for next year is to be employed at a primary school where
professionally I will be able to learn and grow as a new member of the teaching
profession and where I am supported by my colleagues and the wider school
• I hope to establish a safe and supportive learning environment that myself and
my students look forward to being part of each day
• As a teacher my most important goal is to ensure I impact every student I teach
in at least 1 positive way.
• I will strive to be a teacher who students remember for years after they have left
school because they were inspired and motivated by something I said or did for
• I hope to obtain my Auswim next year and continue learning Auslan.
• I am enthusiastic about beginning my teaching journey next year and will involve
myself in extra curricular activities my school offers its students.
• I look forward to establishing myself in a school community as an effective
classroom teacher and a valuable member of the teaching staff.
Joining the teaching profession
I am excited about becoming
a member of the teaching
profession. I have joined a
few professional associations
-ICTEV Kim Crane, Hughesdale Primary School
Being a member of professional associations WHAT CAN I BRING TO
enables me to contribute to a professional learning
community in a school and the wider community. YOUR SCHOOL…
•PD week committee
After each lesson I try and write
Kathy Wills, Highvale Primary School
•Manager responsible for
a reflection about the positives training junior staff
that came from the lesson and
the things that could improve for
next time. I find it really •Try Youth
important that I am continually Kathy Wills, Highvale Primary School
•Murrumbeena BSC and
reflecting and learning from my
on experiences. ASC
Deborah Ash, Cheltenham East Primary School