Sunday, 25 January 2015

Welcome to 2015 in Room 10

I can't believe school is going to be starting next week.  The summer break has flown by for me, and I'm really excited about starting a new year, with a new class in a new classroom.
I'm looking forward to starting the year for many reasons:
  • Each new year is a clean slate 
  • Room 10 is the Berkley 'Lighthouse Class' for gifted and talented students
  • It is so exciting to see who I'm going to be sharing the year with for the first time
  • I enjoy leading the Year 8 students into their new role within the school as leaders
  • This is a unique/challenging stage in students' development, and I enjoy navigating it with them
  • We are an IB (International Baccalaureate) school, which is a fantastic thing to be involved with.

I would like to share a little about myself:
  • I have been teaching since 1995, first in Auckland, and then in Hamilton.
  • My husband is the Head of Science at St Paul's Collegiate School.
  • I have two sons, one in Year 11 and one in Year 9, both attending St Paul's.
  • I have a constant shadow (when at home) in the form of my 4 year old black and white dog Sam (a border collie x huntaway).
  • In terms of teaching, I like to push my students to be the best they can be, this can make students uncomfortable at first, but in the long run they are proud of what they achieve.
  • The two IB attitudes that I focus on most strongly are Respect and Independence.  In terms of respect, if all students are treated with respect, they feel safe to try in class, and share their ideas.  Their belongings are safe and they are happy to be in class.  Independence is the key to being a lifelong learner, a student prepared for high school and beyond.  I want a class who know what they are meant to be doing and who do it.  Students who make sure their learning progresses without me being at their back.

Over the summer break, we've had a wonderful family trip, spending nearly 5 weeks, in California, driving around the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, then finishing off with a visit to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.  I feel very fortunate to have had such a neat experience with my family.  I loved it.

With my husband Kelvin, at the Grand Canyon

James and Jonty on the sea wall, at Camp Campeche, Mexico

My family at Chichen Itza, Mexico