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: Prof 1.5

ICT Classroom Resources 2019

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Earlier this term, my onsite colleague, D. borrowed a few resources from the Special Education Resource Unit (SERU). SERU offers a library of resources to borrow from to educators who support students with disabilities and learning difficulties. These range from transferring and standing equipment, change tables and seating options to curriculum resources. Recently, they have […]

Work Trip: Eastern Ranges School-Curriculum, Planning and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (Day 2)

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The second day at Eastern Ranges was spent sharing and comparing professionally. We spoke about the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and the Victorian equivalent, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), how the teachers in both schools plan curriculum and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support. SACE/VCAL I’m a primary school teacher, so admittedly my knowledge […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

That “STEM Stuff”

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We are lucky enough at my site to have a Resource SSO, C.  She creates Boardmaker visuals, assists with ideas for schedules and also makes activities that are relevant to the Australian Curriculum.  At the end of last year, she was ordering resources through Woolworth’s Earn and Learn program. (This was a program where the school community […]

The First Week of 2018

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It’s the end of Week 1 with my new class, 5 of whom are new Receptions.  My focus has been on establishing relationships with children and their families.  I’ve written a letter introducing myself and my team, explained processes, answered questions and sent SeeSaw invitations home.  I mentioned my availability and also gave parents my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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