Many have recently experienced the joys and challenges of home schooling. We are all too aware of the impact that COVID-19 is having on our schools. This impact is felt by our teachers too. Teaching has always required skill, dedication and high levels of personal engagement. How much more challenging then to abruptly transition to online teaching and blended learning. Yet we owe it to our young people to ensure their educational development is not interrupted by this or any future waves of COVID-19.
At Curtin, the School of Education has been working to create a repository of teaching resources to support our students, teachers in partnership schools, and parents facilitating learning at home. With your help, we will make these resources freely available.
We are also helping our teachers-in-training acquire the skills they need to deliver blended learning and to support diverse school student needs. We plan to focus on resilience and online class management. We will also upskill our students in teaching students experiencing trauma. We hope for a better tomorrow. With your help, we can ensure that all teachers are equipped to support the students in their care.
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Veronica Williams never thought she would be dealing with the pressure of teaching year 3 children during a pandemic. Since the outbreak, Veronica has been working to transform her methods to teach effectively online, while caring for students still at school and supporting anxious parents.
“Every day changes,” says Veronica. “The pressure of having to teach without having the time to carefully consider a plan has been really challenging for me. It’s so important that we provide the best quality education to children, but for now we are just doing what we can.”
Veronica believes that if teachers have access to best-practice resources for delivering online teaching and providing reassurance to students and parents, of the sort Curtin is making available, they would be much better equipped.
“The better access to resources that teachers have, the better education will be provided for the children, and they are our leaders of tomorrow.
“To all our donors – thank you so much. You are making a huge difference to teachers, our kids, and the whole school community.”