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