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 6.4

One Plan

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On the 18th of November, I attended on-site training about One Plan. Previously known as One Child One Plan and shortened to OCOP, the Department for Education’s aim is to have a One Plan written for every child attending preschool/school by the end of June 2021. The purpose of this project, organised by the Department […]

Aided Language Stimulation: Moving Beyond Receptive Input

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Last week, Thursday the 26th of September, myself and Julie, my good friend and co-worker, attended a workshop run by Two Way Street (Thanks for organising!) This year, Julie and I have been working closely with leadership in our role as co-chairs of the newly established communication committee, where we have been talking about best […]

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 […]

STEM 500 Day 3: Robotics

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On Wednesday the 20th of June, I attended Day 3 of STEM 500 at the Education Development Centre. As part of the Thinking Technologically focus group, I’m gradually coming to a better understanding of terms such as computational and systems thinking, automation and iterations. Every session I also become more aware of what a close tie that the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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