KAREN EDWARDS

Subjects: Primary School, Year 7-10 English, Year 7-10 HSIE, Year 11-12 Advanced English, Year 11-12 Extension English, Year 11-12 Standard English, Year 11-12 Ancient History, Year 11-12 Modern History, Year 11-12 Business Studies, University English

As per my NESA and DEC approvals, I am a five years trained and accredited to teach English, Years 7 to 12, and Drama, Years 7 to 12. Teaching is a second career for me after 22 years in the Australian Public Service. After gaining my teaching accreditation in 2016, I have worked in Secondary Schools as a casual and temporary contract teacher across NSW. My passions are books, film, theatre and art. I have travelled across the globe and bring a mature, worldly perspective to Literacy and English teaching. Through my use of creative pedagogy and arts-based curriculum strategies, I have developed lessons that utilise interactive media, graphic or diagrammatic organisers or scaffolds and real-life problem-solving approaches.The key, in my opinion, is being flexible in your pedagogy and having at your disposal a variety of methods, options, materials, tools, modes and perspectives. Professional and ethical issues are high profile matters in 21st century education. Student care is vital in 21st century education and a positive self-esteem and self-motivated goal setting are some of the mentoring aspects that I am always trying to instil with facilitation of my lesson plans.