Teacher sets an ex­am­ple

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

All eyes were on Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary School teacher Sheila Grif­fin on Wed­nes­day when the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion sent a film crew to record her teach­ing math­e­mat­ics.

Prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant Sharyn Edgar and se­nior con­sul­tant Chantelle Cook from the depart­ment’s Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy Sup­port Branch vis­ited the school to con­duct the project and in­ter­view Mrs Grif­fin and her stu­dents.

“We have cho­sen She­lia as she has done a great deal of work for the depart­ment and we are aware of her ca­pa­bil­i­ties as a teacher,” Ms Edgar said.

“The video will be used to show other teach­ers how to struc­ture math­e­mat­ics in the class­room and how a good les­son plan can help with stu­dent out­comes.”

Ms Cook said the video would be avail­able as a depart­men­tal re­source and also used in work­shops around the State next year. “Sheila cap­tures some of the best nu­mer­acy prac­tice in WA and is a good ex­am­ple of some­one who is al­ready us­ing ef­fec­tive les­son struc­tures,” she said. “We find that a lot of teach­ers come to us and say they un­der­stand the ideas in the­ory but want to see what they look like in prac­tice, so here we are.”

Mrs Grif­fin was one of two teach­ers cho­sen so far to be rep­re­sented in the film.

“This is a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity for the school and for teach­ers across the State to see how they can pro­vide a great maths les­son for their stu­dents,” she said. “It has been slightly nerve-rack­ing but I am en­joy­ing it and I think the kids have had a great time in front of the cam­era too.”

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Sin­gle­ton Pri­mary School teacher Sheila Grif­fin, with stu­dents Jayk Hinds and Ethan Timms, fea­ture in a Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion film about ef­fec­tive math­e­mat­ics teach­ing.

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