"The practical experiences were exceptionally beneficial as I was able to observe professionals and make connections with teachers at various schools around the North."Sophie Edwards, Launceston
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
For me, I think the most defining element that attracted me to teaching was that I have always had a passion for teaching children content knowledge. Delivering lesson plans where I can demonstrate my creativity and see the children respond with such enthusiasm has always been exciting to me.
While I was still in High School, my older sibling enrolled at the University of Tasmania and experienced great success. She in turn encouraged me to pursue a Bachelor of Education. As the University of Tasmania is such a highly accredited establishment, my decision to enrol was an easy one.
Studying at university has helped shape my teaching pedagogy. Participating in a range of courses has expanded my understanding of different content areas. The practical experiences were exceptionally beneficial as I was able to observe professionals and make connections with teachers at various schools around the North. My first teaching position was also a direct result of my final year's placement.
I am currently teaching grade 6 student's full time at East Launceston Primary School. I also run the student leadership program. My work involves providing an engaging curriculum for students to experience success on a day to day basis. Planning lessons that integrate 21st Century ICT skills while catering to various ability levels. Taking responsibility for the wellbeing of students and modelling appropriate behaviours. Collaborating with colleagues and attending professional learning opportunities.
I believe professional growth is crucial as a teacher. My short term plans are to provide high engagement activities to my students while integrating ICT. My long term plans are to attend as many workshops as possible, collaborate with a range of professionals around the state and constantly improve my teaching pedagogy.
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the practical school experiences I participated in. Putting our theoretical understanding into a practical environment was exceptionally worthwhile. Visiting various schools around the state, and learning from top educators was very inspiring and helped to shape my teaching practice.
Teaching is a personally rewarding career path. Every day your role is different, challenging and exciting. Make the most of your time at UTAS, learn as much as possible, and enjoy your practical experiences as they are fantastic opportunities to put theory into practice and make professional connections.