Welcome to the beginning of my reflective journal for the Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) at The Mindlab by Unitech (2015)
These entries are a record of my learnings, notes, and findings. I will be reflecting on these and how this course has changed my teaching practice.
Confessions of a Teachers. Sounds a bit naughty to me. Not sure what I was thinking when I first started this blog way back in January 2009.
A lot has changed since then.
I have celebrated my 20th year in the teaching profession since then. I joined a group of friends from those days teaching in Mangere and we celebrated with food, and conversation.
I remember those days teaching in Mangere with fondness and horror.
How could I let a child and parents threaten me and physically hit me? Gosh how times have changed! A court case would have ensued if it had happened in this time but back in those days it was restorative care.
I have been in a position of management, changed the platform from P.C to Apple in one school, ICT lead teacher, P.E specialist, Maori mentor, sports coordinator, classroom teacher, and reliever.
I have had the opportunity to present at various ULearns, South Cluster and Eastnet Cluster networking seminars. I have throughly enjoyed my teaching career.
After 20 years though, I found that I needed something else....
I have been teaching at Elm Park School for quite some time I started off as a reliever, and then was asked to open a new entrant class in Term 3. Thus began my journey here. I taught Y1 and 2, then moved to Y4, then on to Y5 and this year a job shared position in a Y6 class.
I have often thought about how I go about teaching my students. If I sit down and really think about this, I can honestly say that over the years my approach to teaching students has changed. I am sure my approach will continue to change as well.
With a colleague we were given an amazing opportunity to begin a MLE (with 25 students) using two different areas as our learning environment. We were also lucky enough to be able to teach one week in class and one week as a P.E specialist and my colleague as a music specialist. This gave me some flexibility with my personal time. Because of this extra time I have decided to enrol in the Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) at The Mindlab by Unitech (2015).
I am looking forward to the year ahead and being able to reflect on my learnings.
Elm Park School. (2015). Retrieved September 23, 2015, from Elm Park School:
The Mindlab by Unitec. (2015). Postgrad studies. Retrieved June 23, 2015, from The Mindlab by Unitec: http://themindlab.com/postgrad-studies/