My response, in 200 words or less, when asked why I teach…
I teach … because I care. I care about our children and their future as citizens of the world.
I want to make a difference in their lives, to connect, guide and empower them to reach for the stars. I love their enthusiasm and sense of wonder and I want to nurture their passions and help them to discover their skills and strengths.
I work in a diverse school setting and it’s not always easy. There are days when it’s hard to connect with some students. But I have found that where there is compassion, trust and a good relationship, obstacles can be overcome together.
My biggest challenge is trying to fit everything in. As much as I love teaching my students, I also love learning and sharing with others. I volunteer in the community through our state IT association and this enables me to interact with teachers around the world.
I’ve been teaching for a long time, but I’m still passionate and feel that there’s more for me to do.
So I teach, to keep making a difference.
– Tina Photakis, South Australia
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Today I moderated a chat on Twitter and it was an unforgettable experience. If you haven’t been part of a Twitter chat, you should try it at least once. It can be frenetic but also inspiring, and at times quite thought provoking. There’s a whole list of Twitter chats that can easily be found. Jeannette James (@7Mrsjames on Twitter) has a couple of great lists of Australian based Twitter chats that you can check out.
Our resident Aussie #satchatoc moderator, Andrea Stringer (@stringer_andrea on Twitter) was on her way to the USA for an exciting time of connecting, learning and sharing, so I was fortunate to co-moderate with todays’ guest, Summer, who led us in an exciting and valuable discussion on the topic of Entrepreneurial Educator.
Have a look at the chat through Storify :
Recently, EdTechSA hosted the national ACCE conference ACEC2014, in Adelaide. I captured just a small selection of the many tweets that were shared.