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Sparks of Interest | Tammy Moroney

Tammy Moroney

Me: Tammy Moroney, I have been educating the leaders of tomorrow for the past 17 years. I love going to work each day and always look forward to working with young people. My education passion lies with Middle school, Science and in integrating ICT to enhance teaching and learning.

Current Setting: I teach Year 6 at Mother Teresa Catholic College in Baldivis, Western Australia. I’m a specialist Science and Maths teacher with a love for teaching the Middle School years

Personal Philosophy: ‘Do as I do,’ lead by example, always give your best. It’s okay to make mistakes, it means you have something you need to work on or improve, and always apologise if you made the wrong choice or decision.

Background: Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE – Class of 2015), Bachelor of Science (2000), Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary (2000), Associate Diploma in Laboratory Technique (1994), Laboratory Technician for UWA Botany and Zoology Departments, Eastern Goldfields Senior High School and South Fremantle Senior High School.

Professional Pedagogy:

Beliefs in Education:

‘Inspiring Passion, Love or Interest’ – this is our most important job as teachers. Your enthusiasm for what you do, your knowledge and love of subject will undoubtedly inspire, or at the very least engage, students in a journey to come with you to know more.

If you don’t love this job, GET OUT… find something else to do. This isn’t a 9-3 job; it’s a vocation. The best teachers I know have “lightbulb” moments at 2.12am, jotting down ideas for how to engage their students in class the next day/week/month. They take little plastic bags on hikes with them, just in case they find something ‘cool’ to share. They check websites daily, looking for the breaking news and information so they can be up-to-date and ensure their students are too.

I don’t believe ICT is a stand-alone subject or concept at middle school level. It is an incredible tool that can enhance almost every area of teaching and learning. Like all things it is best taught in a medium that students relate to and will use in day-to-day life. We need to be active in, or aware of, these arenas, to best understand the students in our care.

We teach students good judgement, safety, available options, alternatives, maintenance, awareness of others, dangers and responsibility when it comes to driving cars, voting and drinking alcohol. It is just as important to teach our students all these things in relation to the digital world.

Let it be the discussions you have at home, the first of many young adult discussions over areas where they will make mistakes, break rules, lose and re-earn trust, gain responsibility, have consequences for their actions but too, will know you will be there to guide and assist them.

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