My name is Stefanie Galvin and I am a Prep teacher at Heidelberg Primary School, in Melbourne, Australia.
2013 is my fourth year teaching in the classroom, and I have spent both 2 years in a prep classroom, and am enjoying my second year teaching Prep/1. I try to incorporate digital technologies in the classroom as often as possible and have a Promethean Interactive Whiteboard and access to a bank of Mac desktops in (and outside of) the room that students have access to on a daily basis.
In 2011 I participated in a DEECD research project, investigating the role of digital technologies in contemporary literacy teaching in prep – which promises to be both challenging and a lot of fun. I am looking forward to investigating the different types of technologies that my students can use independently (and collaboratively) to produce contemporary texts.
I believe that it’s important to have fun every day in the classroom, and that when students are happy and comfortable they will learn. My classroom is loud (all the time!) and engaging with as many hands-on activities as I can provide. We’re also readers – we read every day and I keep the classroom library stocked with good quality and high-interest texts (seriously, I’m obsessed with kids books).