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Specialist Mathematics Teacher, Roma Mitchell Secondary College
Amanda Pedder helps students to overcome their maths-phobia. She works hard to develop a culture of inclusive learning so students can improve and participate more actively in maths. Being wrong in her class is viewed as a learning opportunity and no question is seen as silly because it may help a fellow student.
Her quest is for all students to develop well-rounded math skills including critical thinking, analytical aptitude, problem solving and spatial abilities and she provides lunchtime tutoring and activities 4 days a week to help them feel valued and supported. An ardent supporter of professional development and a certified HAT teacher, she has also helped to build the capacity of maths teachers at the college by mentoring at least 19 of her colleagues.
Secondary teacher, Willunga High School
A design and technology teacher, Megan works extensively with her peers to redesign curriculum that allows students to connect their learning with real life experiences. By building strong relationships and developing compelling curriculum, student numbers enrolled in home economics at Willunga High School has increased, particularly in the areas of textiles and child studies.
As a differentiation/stretch coach, she’s worked collaboratively with her colleagues to develop quality teaching pedagogies and has implemented a pilot program for students with high intellectual potential.
Teacher, Loxton High School
Using her industry and community connections, Tricia helps to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs through courses that offer transferable skills and practical, real-world experiences. Her Year 10 Business Studies unit caters to 75% of the student cohort each year and develops their literacy, numeracy, ICT, critical and creative thinking capabilities. In the course, students identify customer problems, propose solutions and develop a business model.
As a chief moderator for the SACE Board, she’s helped develop best practice amongst the teaching community, mentored new teachers, and improved moderation practice. Last year, Tricia joined the team responsible for developing the Stage 1 and 2 Business Innovation curriculum. To support teachers in effectively implementing the new curriculum, she’s developed a range of best-practice materials and will continue to provide advice and practical teaching strategies.
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