katherine zagotsis
Highly Accomplished Teacher. AAC Communication Partner & Advocate. Mum of one. Accidental Leader. Reflectionist, Mentor and life-long learner.

Engaging Now! 7.4

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Demonstrating 4.5

Focus Area: H.A 1.1

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 […]

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 […]

Sensory Processing: the tools and strategies we might use

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Last month I attended a Professional Development session after work ran by one of the educators at Daphne Street Childcare. This is an Autism-Specific centre, run by AnglicareSA. A lot of what was shared was familiar: terms and strategies that I had heard since beginning teaching in special education late 2014. So much so that I […]

Prompt Levels, Wait Times and Assessment

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This post was partly inspired by a new relief teacher who shadowed me for the day a few weeks ago and partly by a conversation I had with some colleagues, including Giulia, who is working alongside me for part of this year as a 4th year Pre-Service Teacher. Both observed me working with the students […]

NEP Meeting: An Interpretation

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Last Tuesday, I had a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) meeting with a parent*. This is an opportunity for both parents and me as the teacher to discuss their child, what we hope to achieve this year, in an academic, sensory, behavioural and social sense. It’s also a perfect opportunity to bring up any concerns and […]

2018: New Year, New Class

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Towards the end of last year, staff spent several meetings working on class lists.  I’m not sure how it works at other sites, but we consider every child, working and reworking.  Generally the class teacher thinks about their current students and where they are best placed, but the opinions of NIT teachers, relief teachers and […]

Last Day of Term 4, 2017

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Last Friday, the last day of school, I stood in the doorway of what had been my classroom for the past two years and just paused for a moment.  This space, a double classroom born of necessity of the nature of the students I had, was where I feel I came into my own as […]

Students on Placement

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Students on Placement Throughout Term 4, I have had three mature-age TAFE students on placement in my classroom.  Vanessa, who comes in once a week, wanted to experience what it was like to work in special education after being on prac. in a mainstream environment.  She wanted to know which suited her better before beginning […]

Managing Challenging Behaviour

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Managing Challenging Behaviour At the beginning of this year, it was decided by leadership that every child in the school should have a positive behaviour support plan.  Two of my colleagues had been working on a template to achieve this, but to be honest I didn’t like the wording of “1st protocol, 2nd protocol, 3rd […]

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