Student teacher popular at school
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Harlow Cooper and Lara Porter with student teacher Darcy Martin at Wandiligong Primary School last week. PHOTO: Justin Jenvey
WANDILIGONG Primary School principal Julie Smith feels males are just as capable of schooling children in the initial stages of their education despite a major disparity between the number of male and female prep-one teachers.
Although her school has only female teachers, Mrs Smith and the rest of her staff are delighted to currently have student teacher Darcy Martin completing a three week placement.
“We are impressed that Darcy has taken the opportunity to spend his three weeks in the prep-one class,” Mrs Smith said.
“The littlies are often considered the domain of female teachers however male teachers can provide a strong role model for students, demonstrating that literacy and numeracy skills are equally important to girls and boys. Happy Valley Hotel, Ovens Ginger Baker, Bright Feathertop Lodge, Falls Ck Red Stag, Eurobin Zirkys, Mt Hotham Wandiligong Pub Walker Bros, Bright
“Working in the early years provides the opportunity to see the learning process in the early stages of developing core skills.”
Mrs Smith said schools within the Alpine Alliance are keen to support student teachers by offering placements with a view to potentially employing them after they have graduated.
Currently both Porepunkah Primary School and Bright P12 College have graduate teachers on their staff that grew up in the area.
Martin, a Porepunkah native, is studying a Bachelor of Education (prep to year 10) through La Trobe University, Bendigo.
He said it had been a worthwhile experience at Wandiligong having completed previous placements in grade three-four and five-six classrooms.
“I’d only done above year three before so I was encouraged to find out what it’s like BE Foodstore, Falls Ck Snowbird Inn, Mt Hotham Alpine Hotel, Bright Snowline Hotel, Harrietville Grape n Grain, Bright Ramada Alpine Lodge, Dinner Plain to teach in the lower grades,” he said.
“It’s different and has its challenges in different ways but the type of teaching and learning is also a lot of fun.
“Coming to Wandi it’s been very enjoyable and good to see how a tight-knit school like this functions.
“Here, with a limited number of staff, teachers might take different grades for different classes but I’ve also been at schools where kids have the same classroom teacher every day.
“I’ve experienced open plan classrooms with three teachers and maybe 60 students too, so it’s good to see all those different styles.”
Mr Martin said he will undertake a final placement at Bright P12 College in term three.
“We hope that Darcy leaves Wandi with a real understanding of how to plan and manage children in the early stage of learning,” Mrs Smith said. Milch, Falls Ck Tomahawks, Bright Buffalo Hotel, Myrtleford Dinner Plain Hotel Alpine Cellars, Bright Bright Chalet, Bright Birbante Pizza, Bright Riverdeck Cafe, Bright West Peak Hotel, Mt Beauty The Old Factory - Myrtleford Village Bike Cafe - Falls Ck Food Wine Friends, Bright QT Falls Creek