My teaching path has taken me into many different spheres of continual learning and today I still feel as excited as ever (although sometimes overwhelmed) at the learning tools that avail today’s teachers. I don’t consider myself particularly technically orientated but my enthusiasm for enhancing learning via Web 2.0 tools is driving my passion to learn more!
My teaching experience over the past twenty years or so, has been in post-compulsory education via private tertiary providers, skill centres, TAFE institutions in the arena of business education and office skills. Firstly in the UK, then Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. My teaching has included teaching shorthand (I still use my shorthand skills for note-taking) keyboarding and word processing to journalism students; preparing displaced migrants (professionals in their own country) with office/business and communication skill; providing long-term unemployed with skills to get back into the job market. Technology in the past (and still today) consisted of learning software packages such as word processing, desk top publishing, database, spreadsheet and graphics. The tools used in my early days of teaching included now antiquated manual and electric typewriters! How painful it would feel today to have to manually correct every typing error (anyone remember Tippex?) and to laboriously type a table by using specific calculations to make sure there was going to be enough spaces for the text in the boxes!
My teaching career has evolved into my current role as a special education teacher working with high school students. This is a role I love and I am passionate about all learners succeeding and reaching their potential.
My learning journey has included following teachers who have been successful and who lead the way in 21st century teaching. A big thank you is extended to all those teachers who have willingly and freely shared their experiences and inspired me to move forward with them. (A special thanks to Ann Mirtschin who has helped me greatly).
The powerful networking tools that we have available today to collaborate, share resources, find out about developments are amazing and I intend to fully exploit them! Teaching and learning today is about lifelong learning; teachers cannot remain oblivious to the fast-changing society in which we live. Technology is embraced in all aspects of our lives. We have the job of preparing students how to access the information that is ever-changing. We cannot ignore that we need to change our teaching too. Follow my journey via this blog!