Happiest Days of Our Lives?

Think back to your own school days…

What do you remember that stands out and ask yourself why it does and how this has affected your attitude to learning?

For example, was it a good teacher, a specific subject or a particular incident?

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8 responses

30 04 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

I have an absolutely terrible memory!! But what I do remember distintly are images of specific subjects that I particularly enjoyed at school. In my case this was French and Visual Arts. My teachers were also really good in these subjects and I remember, even now, feeling completely engaged and absorbed in class. For example, in French I remember doing an assignment on the chateau region; Loire Valley, discussing the French Revolution and having pancakes and profitoroles for Bastille Day. I was a lot more motivated to learn in these subjects not only because my teachers were good, but also because I was engaged with the subject matter.

If I look at my experiences later in High School and University, the subjects that I did the best at were the ones where I didn’t have to force myself to pay attention or do my homework because I enjoyed learning about the subject. I didn’t feel this much in my Undergraduate Commerce degree especially with Finance. However now with my Grad Dip, I feel really engaged and motivated to learn mostly because I am interested in and care about the subject matter.

-Sonal

14 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

The highlight of my week of always being in elective history class. Here was a class with a great teacher who was not only knowledgeable and motivated but approachable and caring (it also helped that she took our rep hockey group). Here were a group of people who wanted to be there, studying topics they liked, or in my case loved. My teacher had great expectations for us, and motivated us to work our hardest. She did not like to be disappointed but did her best to have a variety of activities, you never knew what you were going to do each class, there was always something new and interesting.

You could always tell how passionate she was about history. She was determined for us to understand the value of history and constantly reminded us that history repeats itself. It was her mission for us to learn from the past in order to 1) not make the same mistakes again, and 2) to know and understand how we got to where we are today and where we are heading.

– Maggie

28 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

If i remember back to my own experiences at school the memories that stand out are those of the subjects that are now my favourites. While i know it was the subject matter that i was interested in, i think it was the teaching and the learning that was really responsible for maintaining my engagement. The teachers of those particular subjects i remember because they had a great passion and belief in what they were teaching and why it was so significant. I have noticed that throughout my high school and university experiences it was always my history teachers and lectures that were able to really draw me in and hold my attention. While many of many my business and accounting lecturers lost my attention, and i suspect there own, within the first 10 minutes!

I think this was was made really clear to me when i travelled around Europe and saw some of the historical sights of WWII. While i may have been standing in the middle of Paris or Germany at times i felt as though i was sitting in my yr 10 history class being told about all these places that i was then visiting. I think memories like that stay with you for a reason and i think a lot of that has to do with the interest and engagement of the person teaching, and they own desire to teach others that will essentially effect how their students will then go on to learn and understand.

– Wendy

31 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

I absolutely agree. It’s so obvious to a student when a teacher really cares about the subject matter and wants to be there to help their students learn. And that kind of enthusiasm is infectious and from all our experiences, it’s obvious that it rubs off on students. It’s like the saying “when you smile, the world smiles with you.” When you are teaching you will get back what you project to your students. I think there is nothing worse than a teacher who is sending the message to students that they don’t want to be in the classroom.

-Sonal

28 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

As in the case of Sonal, my memory is not as clear as I would want it to be. However, when I think of the subjects that I did well were those that piqued my imagination and challenged me at the same time. I remember enjoying my English classes because we were asked to read different kinds of texts and I have to admit, I was a bit of a bookworm and I still am. Also, teachers who tried really hard to make the classes enjoyable, those who were friendly and approachable made subjects that were boring and hard easier to understand.

– Francis

31 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

My absolutley favourite subject at school was Aboriginal Studies in Years 11 and 12. It was my favourite because I loved that it was about people (lots of room for variation), I loved that it was all relatively new to me even though I was an Australian and I loved the teacher. He was extremely passionate about the subject and had had to petition the school the year before for them to agree to adding it to the curriculum so he wanted us to love it as much as he did. He taught with his heart not just his head and that made me value the information he gave us so much more. He also cared about us as individuals. he was interested in our backgrounds, what we valued and why we thought about things the way we did. He never made you feel like you didn’t have something you (and only you) could contribute to the lesson because it was your own unique perspective, which was just as valid as the next persons.

– Emily

31 05 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

Your teacher sounds amazing! To lobby the school just so he could get it included in the curriculum just shows how passionate he was about the subject. I think when teachers take the time to get to know their students makes a significant difference. It really facilitates positive and meaningful teacher student interaction. Did you ever consider teaching Aborginal Studies?

-Sonal

1 06 2010
educ107learnerbiographyproject

Yeah I would love to teach Aboriginal Studies but you can’t get a qualification in it because its not offered at enough schools. But as a HSIE teacher if I joined a school that had it as part of their curriculum I could probably do it. I think its one of those subjects that just depends on the type of school your working at. It’s a shame more students/teachers aren’t interested in it, i found it such an invaluable subject.

-Emily

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