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: Prof 7.3

Assessment 2018: Mid-Term Reports

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the past few weeks, reflecting on student progress, updating goals and having conversations with colleagues about assessment. At my site, we don’t have a school-wide template for writing reports, so they vary in layout and length. This is mostly due to the huge variation in student needs, […]

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 […]

NEP Meeting: switching roles and adapting to unexpected changes

https://edufolios.org/kzagotsis/nep-meeting-switching-roles-and-adapting-to-unexpected-changes/

Last Thursday I held a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) meeting to discuss the progress and future goals for one of my students, P. These plans are required for students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability, Sensory Disability-hearing or vision and speech/language disability.  As I work at a Special School, […]

MS EduMeet April 17th 2018

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All atoms firing and making new connections after today’s #MSEduMeet, working out which parts I can use. Most of it is more relevant to the adults at my site rather than S’s. And that’s kind of a scary thought #ICT #gencap #SpecEd #digitech #nomoreUSB’s — Katherine Zagotsis (@Accidentaleader) April 17, 2018 One of the things […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Creating a Tactile Schedule

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Visual Comprehension Assessment T. is a student who finds it difficult to engage with the curriculum.  At the beginning of this year, even getting him from a seated position on the floor, to standing, to walking to the desk and sitting on a chair correctly was challenging.  Once I’d gotten him there, he would often […]

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