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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About 2 weeks ago from Katherine Zagotsis's Twitter via Twitter for Android

Demonstrating 4.5

Focus Area: H.A 2.6

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. […]

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 […]

Mentoring in Practice: Video Observations, Professional Conversations and Vicarious Learning

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I’ve been lucky enough to be mentoring a Pre-Service Teacher during her final placement. I didn’t tell Giulia this while she was working alongside me, but my Research Project while at uni was ‘Do student teachers implement the theory that they’ve learned at university while they’re on practicum?’ I’d found….not really. They were often more likely to […]

Modbury STEM PLC ~Thinking Technologically~May 23rd

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Overview As part of the STEM 500 project I spent Wednesday at Tea Tree Gully library with three lovely ladies from the Modbury partnership; Deanne from my site and Liz and Val from Ardtornish Primary School. Deanne and I both teach at Modbury Special School. Our students have an intellectual disability, the majority are on […]

Digital Technologies in Special Education

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 Planning and Co-Creating One of the targets I’d set myself after coming back from Educhange in September was to create a Digital Technologies differentiated unit plan for Term 4.  I’d expanded on my limited knowledge of coding, robotics etc and the question I had-if it was possible to teach these skills to students with intellectual disabilities-had […]

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 […]

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