Woodstock Primary School - Hamilton
- Bachelor of Teaching
Tell me about yourself..
I am an outgoing and bubbly person who you will always find chatting to people. I enjoy being active with my friends and family so you will usually find me at the gym or outside enjoying nature. I was born in Palmerston North but moved here with my family when I was a young baby so have lived in Hamilton majority of my life.
What inspired you to teach?
Growing up I was always around children. My mum is from a big family and so I was always playing and looking after children. From a young age I enjoyed being around children and helping them and so from that I knew teaching would be a great job for me. I always wanted a job where I could make a difference and help people.
Tell me about your experience at the University of Waikato…
Waikato University was a great place to study. I enjoyed learning from people who had been teachers in the past and shared their experiences with us. I met some awesome people there and it was a chance to allow me to grow in confidence as starting the degree I didn’t know anyone doing it with me.
How did Waikato help you get to where you are today?
Waikato University helped me to gain so many different ideas on teaching, how to work with children, and know more about human development, including languages, art and sports into the daily classroom life.
How did the University of Waikato prepare you for the practical elements of teaching full time?
Waikato University prepared me well for practical elements by involving us in placements at different schools each year. This allowed us to get a grasp on the real life situations in schools, see how the specific learning was taught and gave us a chance to take lessons with children. We were also able to look at and reflect on different lesson examples like videos and practice the practical elements like reading a book, doing a running record or filling out a lesson plan.
How do you apply the knowledge you learnt at the University in the classroom?
Every day we are applying the knowledge we learnt at university in the classroom. Day by day we are developing our learning too and gaining more knowledge about our students, how to help them and putting the knowledge we learnt into practice. This may include behavior management strategies, literacy knowledge, maths knowledge or other learning areas.
What would you say to others considering studying teaching at the University of Waikato? Why should they choose Waikato?
Waikato is an awesome place to study. I recently talked with a friend, who wanted to study there and said that it was an awesome place where staff were always willing to help and give you the best learning facilities. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Waikato University, was experienced to lots of different activities, cultures, experiences and met many different people.
What was/is the biggest challenge you face/d as a teacher and how did Waikato help you prepare for this?
The biggest challenge I have faced as a teacher is dealing with behavior management in the classroom. Having children that clash together in a classroom has created an environment that sometimes isn’t so positive for other children to be around. Waikato University has given us ideas and strategies throughout the three years on how to deal with situations and how to create and keep a classroom environment that is safe and inviting for the children.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
There are so many rewarding part of my job but the most rewarding part is seeing children improve daily in every part of classroom life. Whether it be seeing more interaction in the classroom or with peers, improvements in their behaviour or success in their learning, like reading, writing, maths or other curriculum areas.