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 7.4

Aided Language Stimulation: Moving Beyond Receptive Input


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 […]

STEM 500: Days 7 & 8


I’ve spent two days out of the classroom this week, continuing with the STEM 500 project I’ve been involved in since last year.  Like many things, being in a Special Education context has given me a different lens through which to view this learning and I’ve been questioning, considering and making attempts at adaptation.  While I’ve been […]

5 Highlights of 2018


Can I just say that I actually really love this time of year? I like that the end of the teaching year forces me to stop, consider, reflect. Taken from this post, the following, in no particular order is my five highlights of 2018: One: Successfully teaching a class of students with much higher needs than […]

STEM 500 Day 5: Design Thinking


On Wednesday the 5th of September, I attended Day 5 of the STEM 500 project, which focused on Design Thinking. This left the Digital Technologies part of the Technology learning area behind, leaving us with more familiar territory, Design and Technology. We were set several learning intentions for the day, but the ones which resonated […]

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


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 […]

STEM 500 Day 4: Systems Thinking


On Friday the 17th of August, I attended Day 4 of STEM 500 at the Education Development Centre. Our learning intentions for the day were to: Become familiar with the language of programming Explore user interfaces and digital systems Understand systems thinking All while understanding how the content related to pedagogy and the Digital Technologies Curriculum. We […]

Work Trip: Eastern Ranges School-Structured Teaching (Day 1)


During the Term 2 holidays, I spent two days with my onsite colleagues at Eastern Ranges School in Melbourne.  Eastern Ranges is an Autism-specific school, with a student cohort of 160 and a staff of 100.  Staff consisted of teachers, classroom support, a large leadership team and a Positive Behaviour Support Team.  What myself and […]

Sensory Processing: the tools and strategies we might use


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 […]

Assessment 2018: Mid-Term Reports


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, […]

STEM 500 Day 3: Robotics


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 […]

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