Students have been given an online video resource bank to access outside of school hours to support their learning in Mathematics under a dynamic Rockhampton teacher.
Patrick O’Shaughnessy has also been instrumental in The Cathedral College (TCC) AFL girls’ team becoming state champions and is admired for his wide array of work in extra-curricular activities, as well as his work in the classroom.
Over the past two years Patrick has coached and managed numerous TCC sporting teams, has volunteered his time to the school’s music program – including playing guitar at monthly masses and being involved in the school production – and has attended the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney.
Inside the classroom Patrick is known for his engaging lessons, which include Flipped Learning and his drawing on a wide range of life experiences to ensure that Science and Mathematics students are able to see real-world applications.
TCC assistant principal Karen Lester says Patrick’s classes are based on Professor John Hattie’s research pertaining to independent learning and previewing.
She says Patrick is committed to continual improvement in his own practice, regularly visiting other teachers’ classrooms and collecting and analysing student data.
He regularly communicates with parents in an attempt to improve student learning outcomes.
TCC principal Rob Alexander says he can’t recommend Patrick highly enough for the QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award.
“Patrick has been an outstanding beginning teacher,” Rob says.
“It is easy to forget sometimes that he has only been teaching for two years, such is the talent that he brings to the learning environment he facilitates,” he says.
“What has always been a standout with Patrick is his willingness to listen to and observe others as a way to grow his craft. He seeks PD very carefully to meet areas he would like to do better at.”
Congratulations Patrick on your QCT Excellence in Beginning to Teach Award nomination.