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?

About 2 weeks ago from Katherine Zagotsis's Twitter via Twitter for Android

Demonstrating 4.5

Know students and how they learn

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

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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 […]

One Plan

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On the 18th of November, I attended on-site training about One Plan. Previously known as One Child One Plan and shortened to OCOP, the Department for Education’s aim is to have a One Plan written for every child attending preschool/school by the end of June 2021. The purpose of this project, organised by the Department […]

AAC Modelling by all the adults in my classroom

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Yesterday the adults in my classroom included myself, my classroom SSO, my 1:1 SSO and my pre-service teacher. The pre-service teacher has a very short prac, this week being her first of two weeks. She is very new to Augmentative and Alternative (AAC) communication as is my 1:1 SSO. I had given them each a […]

Aided Language Stimulation: Moving Beyond Receptive Input

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

Emergent Literacy

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In this post, Emergent Literacy-Thinking about Writing Instruction, I was considering whether I was using best practice after observing the behaviour of one of my students, undertaking some online professional development on emergent writing and completing some assessment. Interestingly, the training I completed suggested that students did NOT have to know each letter of the […]

Emergent Literacy-thinking about writing instruction

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I have a class of 7 students with Complex Communication Needs. Being beginning communicators, at the moment they are unable to reliably use speech, sign or Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC) to meet their needs. Some of these students do have some speech, but it is often used out of context. Most of my students […]

Oral Eating and Drinking Care Workshop

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On Thursday 11th July, I attended an Oral Eating and Drinking Care workshop, held at Novita in Regency Park. I had sought this training as I have several students in my class with an Oral Eating and Drinking Care Plan (OEDCP) that I am legally required to follow. These plans provide details on the type […]

E7-Artefact 32-Initial thoughts about working with Health Support Officers

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/e7-artefact-32-initial-thoughts-about-working-with-health-support-officers/

At the beginning of 2018, having not worked with Health Support Officers before, I was a little ignorant of the processes involved in giving a nasogastric feed. The above screenshots, taken from my portfolio, show my initial thoughts and how I am work[ing] with colleagues to access specialist knowledge, and relevant policy and legislation, to […]

Formative Assessment in a Special Education Setting: What does that look like?

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/formative-assessment-in-a-special-education-setting-what-does-that-look-like/

I’ve been involved in the STEM 500 project since 2018, updating my knowledge and practice in the area of STEM each year. One of our requirements in 2019 is to ask a peer to observe us using formative assessment, with the intention of being able to learn from each other and apply constructive feedback given. […]

Classroom Setup 2019

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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 […]

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