Prince Regent Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia
Hello! my name is Sandra.
Since I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I am a mum of three children. My youngest is now in full time school and NOW is the right time to follow my dream, and start my journey towards becoming a Primary School Teacher. I am currently in my third year completing the Bachelor of Education, Early Childhood and Primary Teaching (K--6) at one of Western Australia's finest universities.
My favourite subjects are Science, Mathematics, Technology and Physical Education. When I graduate in 2021 I will be qualified to teach students from Kindergarten through to year six.
If I could have two words to describe myself I would choose fun loving and honest, which are two traits that make me an ideal person for Primary School Teaching. I am passionate about providing an inclusive, fun, innovative, hands on approach to the curriculum.
"Learning & teaching should not stand on opposite banks & just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning and how to learn". (Malaguzzi, L. 1998).
This project was inspired by the Reggio Emila approach, through the process of creating a digital story the students are part of each step in the learning process when they research, investigate and create to learning where the child is able to be part of and see the learning process, not just the end-product. Creating a digital story on the life-cycle of a Minibeast is beneficial in many ways. For example, it allows students and educators to both reflect on the learning that has taken place and determining how to extend future learning. Supported by theorists such as (Vgotsky, 1980) who advocate that by children and educators working together in the learning process, complexity is developed and enables more complex learning to takes place (DEEWR, 2009).The notion that children learn by doing (Piaget, 1980) is reflected throughout the task of creating.
I value the importance of a holistic approach to teaching and learning. I recognize that the hand, body, and heart are connected (Pestalozzi, 1827). Children’s social, emotional, physical, creative, and spiritual well-being influences their learning (DEEWR, 2009).
"Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages, and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture" (Malaguzzi, L).
In doing so we will create innovative, free thinking students who will contribute positively to society.
Over the last fifteen years I have worked as an Educational Officer and Tour Guide throughout Western Australia, ranging from the limestone caves in the South West to the Kimberley Region in North Western Australia (Bradshaw rock art, Aboriginal history). I am exciting to share my knowledge of Australian history and geography with the younger generation. I can't wait to be a qualified teacher!
Nigaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia