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 the content and how to teach it

Reward Systems

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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 […]

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 […]

Communication Group: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use within the school

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This year, I have inadvertently become co-chair of the newly established Communication Group, alongside my colleague Julie. We have been working closely with leadership, talking about how we can further encourage staff to model AAC communication to their students, what’s working, what could be improved and the logistics around the creation and distribution of resources. […]

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 […]

E1 – Artefact 2 – Core Word Stamping Resource

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/s1-artefact-3-adapted-core-word-stamping-resource/

A2: Core Word Stamping Resource.  I support colleagues to implement effective strategies to improve students’ literacy achievement (2.5). This artefact is an example of how I have built modelling language from ProloQuo2go into my English program. I have also uploaded these resources to the shared staff drive, where they are available to be used across the […]

E1 – Artefact 1 – Supplementing verbal language with AAC

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A1. I assist colleagues to select a range of verbal and non verbal communication strategies (3.5). The photo above shows the pathways I had written down for all the staff in my room, including my Pre-Service Teacher, Giulia, to access positive and negative phrases on the iPad. As well as providing this scaffolding, I modelled high-level teaching […]

ICT Classroom Resources 2019

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/ict-classroom-resources-2019/

Earlier this term, my onsite colleague, D. borrowed a few resources from the Special Education Resource Unit (SERU). SERU offers a library of resources to borrow from to educators who support students with disabilities and learning difficulties. These range from transferring and standing equipment, change tables and seating options to curriculum resources. Recently, they have […]

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

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

Assessment 2018: Mid-Term Reports

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/assessment2018-mid-term-reports/

I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the past few weeks, reflecting on student progress, updating goals and having conversations with colleagues about assessment. At my site, we don’t have a school-wide template for writing reports, so they vary in layout and length. This is mostly due to the huge variation in student needs, […]

STEM 500 Day 3: Robotics

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/stem-500-day-3-robotics/

On Wednesday the 20th of June, I attended Day 3 of STEM 500 at the Education Development Centre. As part of the Thinking Technologically focus group, I’m gradually coming to a better understanding of terms such as computational and systems thinking, automation and iterations. Every session I also become more aware of what a close tie that the […]

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