Monday, 1 June 2015

Interview with Miss Bogun

This term, we in Room 10 are very fortunate to have the wonderful Miss Bogun completing her practicum in our class.  Halfway through her time, I decided to interview her to find out how things are going, and to pick some of the wisdom from her brain.  Here's what she had to say to me:

Welcome to Room 10.  How have your first four weeks been?
My first four weeks have been amazing! I love being a part of Room 10 and getting involved in school activities with some of you during lunch times. I am really looking to the next four weeks, but hoping that they don’t go by too quickly.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up and am continuing to grow up in Hamilton; in fact, I even attended Berkley Normal Middle School as a student so coming back here teaching feels a lot like coming home.

I have lived in Hamilton for most of my life but have also lived in Maryland near Washington D.C. with my Aunt and Uncle for three months when I had a gap year before starting University.

Most of my childhood memories are either at the farm or at our family bach, where growing up I spent most holidays and weekends. Therefore, even though I have lived in Hamilton for so long, a lot of my memories of growing up and shaping me into the person I am today were out of Hamilton.

Where is your favourite place you've visited?
This is a hard one for me as there are a few contenders. As many of you in Room 10 have heard, I have recently been to Turkey where I attended the ANZAC service in Gallipoli for the centennial. This trip was definitely one I will never forget. Tied with Turkey, I think I would have to say Queenstown as I love the ski fields there and am a bit of an adrenalin junkie at times and there are lots of fun things there to try in terms of adventure tourism.

If you could give some 'life' advice to the students of Room 10, what would it be?
The more you give the more you get back. I believe this relates to most things in life, for example, the more effort you put into something, the better results you will receive. This not only applies in the classroom, for example in sport and leisure the more time you put into practising and honing in on techniques, the better you become.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I first contemplated the idea of teaching when I was a student here at Berkley. I have always wanted to do something that is helping people in some way, either in a health profession or helping people to learn things. I also love learning new things and the teaching profession requires one to constantly learn.

What do you enjoy about University?
At university, I am doing what is called a conjoint degree. This means that I am studying two different degrees in different faculties. As well as teaching, I am doing a double major in Biology and Earth Science. Therefore what I enjoy the most about university is the broad range of options and opportunities my degree will enable me to pursue in the future.

University has also given me the opportunity to meet many like-minded people who are interested in the same sorts of things as me. Trying to imagine my life without the friendships I have formed with people from university, is rather strange as I am so close with some of the people I have met there.

What do you enjoy about Room 10?
I love all of the personalities of the students in Room 10. I like how opinionated you all are and how you share this with the rest of the class. Room 10 gives off what I relate to as a family vibe, where all members are valued. I feel very honoured that I am getting the chance to be a part of this family for the duration of my practicum.

What advice can you give Room 10 students for future education?
My main piece of advice for students in Room ten is much like Berkley’s motto, take up the challenge. Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. In fact, go searching for opportunities. All of the hard work and effort that you put in now is going to make things easier for you in the future both academically and in general in society.

Many students in Room 10 are able to tell you their favourite quotes.  Do you like quotes, and if so, what is your favourite one?
I do indeed like quotes and the messages that can be behind them. My favourite quote at the moment is:

             “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will
             live its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein.

This is one that I often think of while teaching to make sure that whatever form of assessment I use in the classroom is fair on students. It also reminds me that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and reminds me that we can’t all be the best at everything.

What are you looking forward to the most in your next four weeks in Room 10?
As one of my passions is science, I am really looking forward to teaching science in the lab, as well as seeing and helping out with the progress of your science fair projects.

Thank you for taking your time to answer these, we have really enjoyed having you in our class.  Hopefully, the next four weeks won't fly past quite so quickly.


  1. Hi Mrs Hogg and Mrs Bogun,
    I have really enjoyed reading this. What a great idea for Mrs Hogg to put this post up. I have learnt many things that I did not know about our Student teacher.
    For Miss Bogun; Sounds like you are a very full on person. Living life through your eyes must be so fun. Looking at the things you state like your advice and favourite quote has really interested me. I too love the Albert Einstein quotes and I think that it is because the saying the quote is trying to get across is further down so you have to try and solve the quote almost. Travel is also a big part of me and it sounds like you really enjoy it too! You are right in saying "we have lots of different personalities". I feel for Mrs Hogg, as it must get really hard sometimes. I hope you do enjoy these last few weeks. I personally have really loved having you around and we will all miss you when you are gone.


  2. It's interesting to learn the story behind our student teacher.
    I loved reading about your favourite quote, Miss Bogan. I really like that quote too but my favourite is " You have two hands in life, one to help yourself and one to help others." To me it means that you need to think about others as wel las yourself.