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

Engage in professional learning

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 […]

One Plan

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/one-plan/

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 […]

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. […]

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-thinking about writing instruction

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/emergent-literacy-thinking-about-writing-instruction/

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

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/oral-eating-and-drinking-care-workshop/

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 […]

E1 – Artefact 4 – Impact on Colleagues

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/s1-artefact-2-impact-on-colleagues/

A4:  I Initiate and engage in professional discussions with colleagues in a range of forums to evaluate practice (6.3). The first screenshot shows that I have initiated a Teams group for my colleagues involved in the Communication group, where we discuss the implementation of AAC site-wide. I chose this forum as it is easier to follow […]

STEM 500: Days 7 & 8

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

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 […]

5 Highlights of 2018

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/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 […]

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