Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Day in the Life Of

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Day in the Life Of

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In an Australian all-through school, the assistant principal is proud of the creative ways in which teachers and students are integrating technology across the curriculum

I am assistant principal at a small school in Victoria, Australia. We have 250 pupils from Prep (age 5) through to Year 12 (age 18). My work is divided into three areas: administrative, ie, managing the curriculum; welfare, working as a house mentor and a restorative practice counsellor; and teaching. I teach English across Years 5-10.

I live in town, so it's just a two-minute drive to work. I'm usually at my desk by 8am, in order to get a few jobs out of the way before the students arrive for a 9am start.

Because of our small size it's possible to get to know all the pupils. By the time they reach Year 12, they've had 13 years with us and become like our own children.

At this time of year, with final exams just around the corner, my morning is filled with discussions with older students about study planning, scholarship applications and the exciting concept of "life after school".

Tuesdays are my "visiting" days. I like to wander around the classrooms between recess and lunchtime, catching up on the learning and taking a few photos for the school Facebook page. Social media has revolutionised the way we communicate with parents: they are much more likely to read a Facebook feed than a newsletter screwed up in the bottom of a school bag.

I recently conducted a 21st-century technology audit, looking for strategies that have become integral to the teaching and learning in our classrooms, rather than merely add-ons or replacements for pen and paper. I was pleasantly surprised to find these strategies everywhere.

On my first stop, I discovered that history students in Years 8-10 were making life-sized teepees. How did they manage such authentic-looking replicas? Well, they watched a YouTube video. …

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