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Professional Engagement – Developing Global Citizenship


Applied Curriculum Project – Developing Global Citizenship, Methodist Ladies' College, 2014140px-Mlclogo_green_small

During 2014, I worked collaboratively with my university colleague Olivia Sonn and broader communities – Methodist Ladies' College (MLC) and Victoria University (VU) (VIT Standard 6 & 7 – professional learning and engagement), to investigate teachers’ and students’ involvement in the cultivation of global citizenship qualities, more specifically in the development of awareness, appreciation, understanding and responsibility.

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Case – Professional Engagement


Practice Described
It is early August, 8:30am. At the Methodist Ladies' College a long queue of young scientists, from all across Victoria, are braving the cold in anticipation to impress the judges with their scientific models and inventions. Calm before the storm – the judging day of the 64th annual Science Talent Search competition has finally arrived – I am observing, going over the extensive assessment rubrics for the very last time before the judging begins. I am excited and a little nervous; it’s been a year since I have done this for the first time. This year’s theme: ‘Science of Light’ – I can’t wait to see what the children have been busy inventing and building in their spare time.

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Case – Professional Practice


Practice Described
I was teaching Year 10 Applied Science class of 14 girls with a range of social and intellectual disabilities, modified content and instructions. After having spent a better part of the week talking about chromosomes and karyotypes and about the differences between these in males and females, healthy and abnormal types, I needed to know if we can move on. I thought building a karyotype and reading it to answer a series of related questions would be a great way to individually assess my student’s understanding of the topic (I was looking to gather some quantitative evidence of learning, to inform the quality of my teaching and future planning) whilst engaging them in a fun, hands on, cut and paste activity to which I allocated an entire period. I modified the content and gave my students clear instructions on what to do. 

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Case – Professional Knowledge


Practice Described
Will is a 13 year old kid who attends Grade 7 at a local secondary school in a small, low socioeconomic town in rural Victoria. His literacy and numeracy skills are very low, he is on a behavioural management plan and is marked ‘at risk from disengagement’ by the school.

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Project CELLS ALIVE

Project CELLS ALIVE

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~ Albert Einstein

The aim of this project was not only to develop a major teaching resource in areas of Cell Biology (Unit 1 VCE, Area of study 1 – Cells in action, VCAA 2013), Visual Arts/Sculpture and Graphic Design but to serve as an investigation into how cross-curricular multimodal projects such as this or of similar nature, collectively or as individual components, could serve as a tool for developing, reviewing and solidifying students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of science, art and design as well as for the cultivation of life skills and higher orders of thinking. Read more →