In two days, it will be the start of the 2017 school year for my class and I have been thinking abut what I want to tell my class to know about me.
I believe respect is the key to a happy, welcoming, and safe classroom.
I love learning (that is why I am a teacher) and am frustrated when students don't make the most of their learning opportunities.
I know life isn't fair, but I like to pretend that things can be fair.
I'm a real geek; I get a kick out of learning new things and finding out things.
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 13 and one in Year 11, both attending St Paul's.
I have a constant shadow (when at home) in the form of my 6-year-old black and white dog, Sam (a border collie x huntaway).
Over the Christmas break, my husband and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary with a trip through Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
I am studying through Unitec in Auckland. I am working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). This can then be credited as the first half of my masters. I'm loving it and all the inspiration it gives me to bring into my classroom. I do find it difficult at assignment time, as the pressure levels are quite high.
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, progress without me being at their backs.