This year I celebrated my 20th year in the teaching profession. 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.
Horror at how could 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. And fondness when I get friend requests on Facebook from a past student.
During my 20 year career, I have been in many different roles. From a position of management, to changing the platform from P.C to Apple in one school, ICT lead teacher, P.E specialist, Maori mentor, sports coordinator, classroom teacher, and now a reliever.
I have had the opportunity to present at various ULearn's, 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 decideded to enrol in the Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) at The Mindlab by Unitech (2015).
Now is the time to reflect and consolidate on my learning.