katherine zagotsis
Highly Accomplished Teacher. AAC Communication Partner & Advocate. Mum of one. Accidental Leader. Reflectionist, Mentor and life-long learner.

Engaging Now! 7.4

You're right, it is a very low number. What's your opinion on the accreditation process?

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Demonstrating 4.5

Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community

Reward Systems


This will be my 8th year of teaching and within that time, I have never used a reward system. The site I’m at however, has been implementing Positive Behaviour Intervention Support for about a year and a half. This approach uses both incidental and explicit teaching of expected behaviour, which ideally, decreases the negative behaviour […]

Planning for simultaneous face to face teaching and remote learning during COVID-19


I am teaching a class of highly vulnerable students with various diagnoses that affect them intellectually, physically and have an effect on their sensory processing. Next term (at this stage), 4 of those students will be attending school, the remaining 2 will be at home, learning alongside their families. These guys are also five. Sitting […]

Aided Language Stimulation: Moving Beyond Receptive Input


Last week, Thursday the 26th of September, myself and Julie, my good friend and co-worker, attended a workshop run by Two Way Street (Thanks for organising!) This year, Julie and I have been working closely with leadership in our role as co-chairs of the newly established communication committee, where we have been talking about best […]

Review of 2018 to make way for 2019


Setting goals, is that enough for success? This question made me think. I’d just listened to one of Selena’s podcasts, where she was speaking about goal-setting in relation to teachers. How we go through the process and…that’s kind of it. We set a goal, write it down, hand it up on our Performance and Development […]

STEM 500: Days 7 & 8


I’ve spent two days out of the classroom this week, continuing with the STEM 500 project I’ve been involved in since last year.  Like many things, being in a Special Education context has given me a different lens through which to view this learning and I’ve been questioning, considering and making attempts at adaptation.  While I’ve been […]

Classroom Setup 2019


Physical Spaces In Week 0, we were lucky enough to be given a generous amount of time to spend setting up our classrooms.  This included the option of removing some of our excess furniture or resources to be used somewhere else.  I like to consider how well the physical space was working the year before […]

5 Highlights of 2018


Can I just say that I actually really love this time of year? I like that the end of the teaching year forces me to stop, consider, reflect. Taken from this post, the following, in no particular order is my five highlights of 2018: One: Successfully teaching a class of students with much higher needs than […]

Managing the Adults


I currently work with two SSO’s, one who works four days of the week and the other for one.  When I first started working alongside another adult full-time, I found it very difficult to give directions.  I didn’t feel as though I was experienced  or qualified enough to do so, didn’t want to come across […]

STEM 500 Day 5: Design Thinking


On Wednesday the 5th of September, I attended Day 5 of the STEM 500 project, which focused on Design Thinking. This left the Digital Technologies part of the Technology learning area behind, leaving us with more familiar territory, Design and Technology. We were set several learning intentions for the day, but the ones which resonated […]

Work Trip: Eastern Ranges School-Curriculum, Planning and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (Day 2)


The second day at Eastern Ranges was spent sharing and comparing professionally. We spoke about the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and the Victorian equivalent, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), how the teachers in both schools plan curriculum and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. SACE/VCAL I’m a primary school teacher, so admittedly my knowledge […]

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