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

Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

Reward Systems

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

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

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/communication-group-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-aac-use-within-the-school/

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. […]

Positive Behaviour Intervention Support (PBIS) and ABLES Data Wall

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/positive-behaviour-intervention-support-pbis-and-ables-data-wall/

Something I’m more open to and willing to accept in the past few years is the importance of data and how it can be used to clearly show progress (or regression). In my case, it has also helped me to highlight areas of strength and growth, using aitsl’s Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. This understanding […]

Emergent Literacy

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/emergent-literacy/

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 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 […]

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

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

Working with the OSHC director to set up SeeSaw

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/working-with-the-oshc-director-to-set-up-seesaw/

During the last few weeks of last year, the OSHC director approached me and asked if I could meet with her to set up SeeSaw to use during OSHC and Vacation Care in 2019.  SeeSaw is an online learning journal where students or an adult on their behalf can take photos, videos and share notes […]

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