Zero to Hero: Who I am and Why I’m Here

First: let me explain.

Zero to Hero is a blogging challenge that The Daily Post is running for the month of January.   I believe the idea is to make the challenge assignments available forever after.  I read about it on January 1st and decided to participate.  It has taken me a few days to get on top of it, but now that I have started, I will be on board.  I promise.

The challenge is designed for both new and established bloggers, so the first few assignments were very simple.  I was about to tell myself that it would be a waste of time when I got to the part in the Assignment post that explains why each of the steps are important, even for blogs that have been going for a while.  I just need to enjoy the simplicity of the easy tasks because one day soon, it will start to tricky.  I’m sure of that.  Anyway, click the links if you are interested in seeing other participating blogs or learning more about the challenge.

Second: Let’s get to it.

Who am I?

This is a good question and in a way, the answer has changed a little bit since the creation of this blog.  I am a secondary school teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and I specialise in learning support.  I studied Primary education with majors in Literacy and Middle Schooling which I completed in 2004.  I worked in various primary schools from 2005 to 2009, when I was offered a job at Morayfield State High School.  During the last five years, I have worked in Special Education and Learning Support.  I was appointed as the Literacy Coach in 2010 and have held this position until the end of 2013.  In June 2013, I was also appointed the Numeracy Coach.  The coaching role in my school was not well defined.  The expectations of my colleagues and the administrative staff at my school changed often.  The only certain requirement for the role was flexibility.  The time I spent at university and in various classroom settings afforded me the opportunity to learn a great deal about learning and teaching.

Who am I now?

I am a teacher and a student.  I am a literacy and learning coach.

Why am I here?

In January 2013, I created my WordPress blog, this blog, for three  reasons.

1. I noticed that many of the literacy websites and blogs focused on the learning of literacy in the early and middle years of education.  While I agree that this is an important time for literacy learning, I know from experience that more and more secondary students struggle with reading.  I know that secondary school teachers struggle to help students who have difficulty reading.  There was a need.

2. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with teachers and parents.

3. I thought this blog would give me an opportunity to reflect on my teaching and coaching practice as well as learn from other teachers and writers in the blogging community.

I am not coaching this year, but I will be spending time in the classroom.  There will be plenty of opportunities for me to reflect upon my teaching practice this year.  However, I will also have plenty to write about in terms of coaching.  I had little time for writing last year and I didn’t get to share nearly enough of my stories about coaching and learning and teaching and literacy.  I want to do that this year.  I want to reflect on my day to day activities in the classroom as well as reflect on my coaching activities of the last five years.

Reasons I’m Here in 2014

1. I want to reflect on my Coaching Experiences of the past 5 years

2. I want to share my ideas, knowledge, experiences and plans with other bloggers and teachers.

3. I want to reflect on my own learning and teaching experiences in the classroom.

That’s Assignment 1 done!  😀

Tomorrow I will tackle a couple of assignments all at once, so I can catch up with the crowd!  You will see why it is okay to do that when you check in.  I hope a few of the awesome people reading this are also Zero to Hero Bloggers too.  Please ‘like’ or ‘share’ or ‘comment’ below.  I love feedback of any kind!!

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2 thoughts on “Zero to Hero: Who I am and Why I’m Here

  1. Hi Mel,

    I always enjoyed my English classes at secondary and relished taking on the reading and writing assignments, even though it wasn’t cool to be a ‘good student’ back then. It sounds crazy now but that’s what it was like in my day. The trick was to appear as ‘average’ as possible.

    Probably the one thing that made me better than others at English and literacy was my hobby of reading. I loved to read, being introduced to it at an early age when my primary school teacher would read books to the class then go onto doing projects about the book. It was great fun and thoroughly, while unknowingly, introduced me to higher levels of literacy at a younger age.

    It’s the reason why I read to my own kids now, with all the funny accents I give to the characters. Not only am I teaching them literacy but I’m also having great fun watching them react to my reading.

    As a parent, I look forward to learning more tips from you.

    Mark

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