Stu­dent teacher pop­u­lar at school

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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

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