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

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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 […]

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 […]

Receptions Using ProloQuo2go

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It’s the end of Week 9 and I’ve been amazed at the progress that my Reception students have made using ProloQuo2go. One of these students is verbal, although this only began in December 2017, so his words aren’t always clear. The others I would consider pre-verbal as they are beginning to make vocalisations.  Reading through […]

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 […]

An Extracurricular Observation

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An Extracurricular Observation Last Friday, during Cooking, I had my second observation of the year.  I’ve always taken the whole class to the Living Skills room, while some teachers choose to take a few students at a time or to do cooking in their classrooms. I think this a missed learning opportunity, especially as transitioning  to […]

Reflections on ProloQuo2go

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Reflections on ProloQuo2go I’ve written about ProloQuo2go in Term 1, but haven’t written a post on its use since then.  My understanding and fluency has grown a lot over the past few months, as have my students.  I also know the communication needs in my class better, the kinds of ProloQuo2go users I have and […]

‘Do you teach these kids curriculum? How?’

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“Do you teach these kids curriculum? How?” I work closely with my students’ therapists, often sitting in on part of the session or taking the opportunity to practice ProloQuo2go. If they have worked in the classroom, we will have a short discussion about what they’ve achieved or any concerns they might have. It’s not compulsory […]

Four Components of Highly Structured Teaching

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Four Components of Highly Structured Teaching Highly Structured Teaching, an adapted version of TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children) underpins the practice of my classroom.  I first started learning about and implementing this approach in 2015, where I worked closely with S.P who had just undergone TEACCH training in America.  […]

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