WOO­ING THE NA­TION

The Australian Education Reporter - - CONTENTS - EMMA DAVIES

“Par­ents, politi­cians, man­agers and the me­dia we all must do our part in hon­our­ing our schools and those who work in them. Our chil­dren are de­pend­ing on it.”

HIGH school math­e­mat­ics teacher and in­ter­net sen­sa­tion Ed­die Woo has added to his list of ac­co­lades by de­liv­er­ing the 2018 Aus­tralia Day Ad­dress.

Hosted by the Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil of NSW, the Aus­tralia Day Ad­dress is a cel­e­bra­tion of thought, di­ver­sity of opin­ion and free­dom of speech.

“Be­ing a teacher gives me the op­por­tu­nity to see and savour the very best of what Aus­tralia is. I get to see stu­dents dream of what they might one day be­come and achieve – cit­i­zens who will make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in Aus­tralian so­ci­ety,” Mr Woo said.

Mr Woo also said that while Aus­tralian schools work hard to of­fer a world class learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment to ev­ery child, the is­sues of teacher re­ten­tion and burnout needed to be ad­dressed.

“Valu­ing ed­u­ca­tion isn’t about awards and ac­co­lades. It’s much more about trust and re­spect,” he said.

“Par­ents, politi­cians, man­agers and the me­dia - we all must do our part in hon­our­ing our schools and those who work in them. Our chil­dren are de­pend­ing on it.”

Head of math­e­mat­ics at Cher­ry­brook Tech­nol­ogy High School in Syd­ney, Mr Woo rose to fame when he started post­ing videos on­line for a stu­dent who was miss­ing a lot of school. His Youtube chan­nel Wootube now boasts al­most 200,000 sub­scribers world­wide.

Mr Woo was re­cently named as one of the Top 10 fi­nal­ists in the Varkey Foun­da­tion Global Teacher Prize with $US1 mil­lion in prize money up for grabs.

NSW Pre­mier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian and said Mr Woo’s in­no­va­tive and dy­namic meth­ods have trans­formed the way stu­dents re­late to math­e­mat­ics.

“Through his unique abil­ity to en­gage with young peo­ple, Ed­die Woo has helped count­less stu­dents to over­come a fear of maths and nur­ture a love of learn­ing,” Ms Bere­jik­lian said.

“Ed­die’s pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to teach­ing and his per­sonal story is truly in­spir­ing.”

Im­age: Salty Dingo.

Math­e­mat­ics teacher Ed­die Woo de­liv­er­ing the 2018 Aus­tralia Day Ad­dress.

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