Middle Park State School
With years of valuable experience behind her, Irene Williams is able to maximise student learning outcomes.
She has shown dedication to differentiating lessons to meet the various learning styles of her students.
Irene uses her school’s Reading To Learn program in a creative way, allowing her students to apply reading strategies learned through the program by introducing students to novels that are current and engaging.
She also brings passion and enthusiasm that is passed on to her students, inspiring them to learn.
Through the use of assistive technologies Irene provides opportunities for all students to achieve success in all curriculum areas.
Students who would usually struggle to communicate their creative ideas using pen and paper have produced creative, entertaining texts using the iPads in her classroom.
Students with anxiety who are unable to present their ideas and research projects in oral presentations are producing high quality digital movies or animations which allow them to use the camera to present their ideas.
Irene says that through the application of these strategies her students have shown exceptional results.
“The most rewarding thing is seeing these students blossom into enthusiastic students who believe they are ‘equal’ to their peers,” says Irene.
Irene willingly seeks and adopts new ideas, learning methods and school-wide programs in to her everyday pedagogy.
She maximises newly-gained knowledge to improve the learning outcomes of her students.
“I pride myself on being a progressive thinker and strive to ensure my pedagogy is 21st Century and by integrating iPad technology into all curriculum areas students are motivated and eager to learn,” says Irene.
“I embrace every opportunity to participate in PD across our cluster schools where professional dialogue provides me with new insights into what is happening and how I can continue to extend myself and my students.”
She also participates in extra-curricular programs, and is a valued member of the wider school community.
As part of the school’s technology curriculum, Irene’s students designed and created a recycled garden art item.
Their work to beautify the gardens around the school generated overwhelmingly positive comments from the school community.
The students worked alongside parent and grandparent volunteers to produce garden art that puts a smile on everyone’s face.
“I believe in encouraging students and the community collectively to step outside their comfort zone.”
Irene also volunteered to organise the school’s science and robotics clubs, where students members went on to represent MPSS at the Centeneray Science Gala Night.
Two student groups presented at the Science Fair and were awarded Gold and Bronze medals.
With these types of opportunities students are encouraged to develop their interest and knowledge of STEM.
Congratulations Irene on your nomination.
Garden ornaments created by Irene's students.