TEACHER INTERVIEW - Aussie Teach (@aussieteach)
Prac-E believes it is so important for Australian teachers to connect, especially online. Because of this, it brings us great pleasure to you another interview with @aussieteacher. Give her a follow below!
Tell us a little about yourself! How many years into your teaching career are you?
I have an Applied Science degree in Disability and a Bachelor of Primary Education. I have been teaching for 5 years. I began teaching in Broadmeadows and taught there for four years. Amazing school! Now I work in Roxburgh Park. I love it there! I volunteered with the YMCA for five years working with disadvantaged and at risk youth. It was such a rewarding and valuable experience. I credit all my behaviour management skills and strategies to volunteering on these programs. I would love to go back to university and continue my studies on managing challenging behaviours.
What was the #1 thing you worried about being a teacher, before you started?
I worried that as a graduate teacher I might not have the knowledge or experience to support the individual needs of all my students. It can be daunting walking into a classroom with so many individual personalities. The most important thing for me in a classroom is the relationships you build and maintain with your students. They need to know you care about them.
How did you overcome that fear?
I was lucky enough to be working with a team of teachers who supported and mentored me along the way. A lot of your first year teaching is trial and error. It can be more difficult to build strong relationships with some students than others. I was persistent and kept working with all students to form strong relationships.
What thing about teaching do you think University didn’t prepare you for?
Stretching yourself paper-thin! Someone once told me teachers make more minute-by-minute decisions than brain surgeons!! I believe that, haha. I love it, but it’s exhausting. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. You can’t pour from an empty cup!
What is your favourite topic to teach your class?
I love teaching Maths! It’s my favourite subject to teach and I enjoy creating lessons I know my students will enjoy. I think if you really enjoy teaching a subject your students will enjoy it more.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in the classroom?
I’ve had my fair share of students with challenging behaviours. My biggest challenge is being able to meet their specific needs and the needs of the other students in my class at the same time.
What has been your biggest classroom success story?
I had a student who would regularly exit the classroom and had violent tendencies. Working with his family and specialists, we introduced different strategies throughout the year that helped him manage his frustrations and keep him in the classroom. He was able to feel success in the classroom and was proud of his efforts to self-regulate his emotions. Seeing him use these strategies throughout the year and think before he acted was very rewarding.
If you could give your first-year-Uni self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t stress! Ask questions!
What teaching skill do you think you will never perfect?
Time keeping! Lucky my school is so flexible with time allocated to lessons. If something is running really well it’s probably going to go over time. Sometimes we do a rush pack up because I’ve lost track of time. It happens…
What is your biggest strength as a teacher?
I genuinely care about each and every one of my students. I’m invested in them and want them to succeed in school and in life.
Aussie Teach 🌻
Melbourne. 26. Grade 3.