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Teaching Philosophy

I believe in a safe  environment where students are able to reach their full potential without any fear or doubt. I want students to be able to come into my classroom and know that their opinions and beliefs are completely valued by myself and their peers. It will sound like confidence and laughter, as well determined hard work inside the four walls. I hold very dearly to my heart that students' names should be pronounced correctly straight away, and how important it is that I understand them as learners and humans.

I believe that learning should be collaborative and reciprocal. That I can learn from the students as much as they can learn from me. Co-constructing success criteria and classroom expectations I think, is essential for students, as they feel a sense of ownership and that they are at school to really co-exist and not just listen. Students will have the opportunities to work together, sit together, talk together and share their understandings with each other and me.

I believe in respectful relationships between family and myself. Gaining the respect from parents and family, allows positive, honest relationships to be built, ultimately accelerating their child's learning.  However, I also have a strong sense of social justice, and if a student is unable to get support from home, I will make sure that child receives the best learning opportunities they can in the classroom.

I believe in collaboration with my colleagues. Sharing ideas, resources and having additional support is vital as a teacher.  I want to be able to learn from others, and also be able to contribute to team discussion. I wish to gain respect from my colleagues and be able to work alongside them in all aspects of the school. 

Work history

April 2017Dec 2017

Classroom Teacher

St Matthews Catholic Primary School, Cornubia.

I moved to Brisbane in April and was fortunate enough to pick up a fixed term job beginning Term 2. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, learning so much about the Australian curriculum and working collaboratively with an amazing staff. 

Feb 2016Dec 2016

Classroom Teacher

Sunset Primary School, Rotorua, New Zealand

I completed my first year of teaching at this school. It was a decile 1a, with our families coming from very low socio-economic backgrounds. I received so many amazing Professional Development opportunities, made life long family members with the staff, and was able to extend my teaching practice in ways I never imagined. It was an incredible place to start my journey.

Professional Referees



1.Tim Stinson 

Principal-St Matthews Catholic Primary School, Cornubia 

Email- [email protected]

Phone- 07 3209 6396

2. Luke Thomsen

APRE- St Matthew Catholic Primary School, Cornubia

Email- [email protected]atholic.edu.au

3.Sharon Steiner 

EAL/D and Literacy Support Teacher- St Matthews Catholic Primary School Cornubia

Email- [email protected]

Phone- 07 32096155

Strengths

Collaboration

Half way Term 3 our single cell classroom became open plan. I have been  working alongside the two other Grade 2 classes and teachers. We plan together, teach together, while also having the freedom to do things independently with our own students. This means students can be targetted to suit their learning needs as well as having the joy to get to know all the students in our grade.  It is the best of both worlds and has taught me a lot about co-planning and teaching

Literacy


I have a strong passion for Literacy. Particularly, with writing in older children and reading in younger. I always have loved literacy, and in turn I have come to love to teach it also. I aim to make students multi literate and access their literacy skills through almost all learning areas.

Mathematics

I have a good basis for teaching Mathematics, and I am always seeking new and different ways to implement practices in order to excel. I successfully taught many of my year 1 and 2 students and got most of them to where they needed to be. 

Language incorporation

Being from NZ I have a good basis of New Zealand Maori. However, in my classroom we honoured many languages everyday. Through the roll call, we use different greeting. In maths we counted in different languages.These were just a small way we could incorporate language into our everyday routine. All these things honour different cultures and aim to teach the children about diversity in the world. Although I am not fluent in any language I believe even a snippet of other languages creates many learning opportunities.

Religious Education

I feel confident and competent to teach about not only Religion but how children can live a life of faith. 

Classroom Management

 believe I create an environment where the children felt safe enough to make mistakes without getting upset. I am able to ease children into daily routines and they knew what was expected of them. Although it was not smooth sailing straight away, perseverance with my children and getting to know them as individuals is what helped to understand how to manage them better. I was fortunate to participate in the "Incredible Years for Teachers" program in NZ. As well as PB4L this year in Brisbane, working with the SBSS tool. 

e- Learning

We are fortunate enough to have iPads in our classroom. Although not one to one, I very much enjoy incorporating the use of them into our learning. Particularly into our reading rotations. We also use "Seesaw" which is an online portfolio for the students to add pictures, videos, and text. they can upload their learning for their parents and other classmates to see.

Assessment

 I am always developing, improving and learning from others the best assessment practices for each individual child. I can use a range of formative for learning assessment strategies, these have helped me form OTJs about students and supported me in knowing exactly how a child is progressing. I am able to implement summative assessment fluently and efficiently.

Education

20132015

Bachelor of Teaching (BTCHNG)- Primary

The University of Waikato

The Bachelor of Teaching Degree is a qualification that will set me up for a rewarding journey as Primary School Teacher.

20122012

NCEA Level 3 Endorsed with Merit

John Paul College, Rotorua