Each year, we host pre-service teachers who are studying Education at university to become teachers. Two of our pre-service teachers this year have written an article to introduce themselves to the college community:

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to the wider community of Thebarton Senior College!

My name is Maddi O'Connell (pictured right in photo) and I am a Secondary Education student at The University of Adelaide. I am currently in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education degree. I will be graduating in July 2020 as a Secondary English and Psychology Teacher. I have a strong passion for engaging and inspiring learners' through establishing a respectful and positive learning environment that supports a range of learning needs! At Thebarton Senior College I am working closely with Annisa Carstensen, Josh Basford and Simon Lambert in their English and Psychology classes. I am extremely grateful for this role as a student teacher at Thebarton Senior College.

My name is Abi Athanasiadis (pictured left in photo) and I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Languages/Education at Flinders University. Whilst working as an Executive Assistant at the University of Adelaide, Monash University and the Department for Education, I found myself teaching English in India in my holidays. Therefore, I decided to get started on a degree so that I could teach English as an Additional Language (EAL) in Australia. As EAL is not available as a major at Flinders University, I chose to learn Spanish so that I did not have to learn a new alphabet (amongst other reasons!).

I am thankful to my mentors Bernadette Fulton, Simmone Retallick and Liz Surridge for their time and effort and sharing their experience with me to challenge and extend my teaching practices. It is interesting to observe the language progression of the students between the New Arrivals Program to SACE Stage 1 EAL. As a fellow language learner, I can totally relate to the students' struggles with articles, subject verb agreements and the pace of learning to cover the required content. It has been really beneficial to plan, implement, and soon assess and review a unit of work and observe the students' interactions with, and the development of, their learning.
  • AuthorMaddi O'Connell and Abi Athanasiadis
  • Date04-Jun-20
  • CategoriesTerm2