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

Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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