Building Relationships With Students To Spark In Them A Desire To Learn New Knowledge, Skills And Habits With Jessica Muller
"Hands-on learning allows all students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, through multiple channels. It allows there to be “something for everyone” in the learning environment and caters to different types of learners."
Title/School: Prep - Year 8 Digital Technologies Teacher at Wallumbilla State School, Australia
Years of Experience: 5 years
Primary LEGO Education Solution used: EV3/StoryStarter
Social media accounts/blogs/websites: N/A
What would you say is your philosophy as an educator?
Education is about building relationships with students to spark in them a desire to learn new knowledge, skills and habits. I endeavor to teach through practical experiences and allowing the students‘ creativity to guide the learning progression.
What is the greatest benefit of a hands on approach to learning?
Hands-on learning allows all students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, through multiple channels. It allows there to be “something for everyone” in the learning environment and caters to different types of learners. Importantly, it places STEM learning into a practical context to show the real-world benefits and has students using their knowledge for constructive purposes.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
Above all else, I teach to be a positive energy in the life of my students. Committed to seeing students achieve their personal academic and social goals, I enjoy being part of their growth journey. Teaching in small towns also brings with it a sense of belonging to a supportive community.
What is one of your proudest moments in the classroom?
Every single day I am proud of what my students achieve. Notably, I was quite proud of a student who struggled with social anxiety and interacting with peers. Through his expertise and passion with LEGO, he was able to bond with others in his robotics group over a common interest. Over a period of months, his social confidence improved exponentially in and outside of the classroom.
Failure is often a key aspect of the learning process. What's the most important lesson you've learned through failing?
“Failing” in one sense often opens doors to other opportunities. There are many moments in my work/social/study life that things have not at all gone to plan. Yet in hindsight, all of those “failures” redirected me to new paths that led me to where I am now. For that, I am grateful.
What are some of your favorite activities/hobbies to do at home?
Generally, I spend my free time with my puppy and my husband. We love nature walks and playing in the local parks. Any time with my little family is time well spent. I also enjoy cooking, reading romance novels and playing music in our local band.
Favorite book: “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
Favorite movie: Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons”
First musical album you ever owned?
“Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden
Were you a LEGO Fan as a kid? What’s your LEGO Story?
Loved LEGO! My sister and I had (I still have it in the spare room) a very large bag of assorted LEGO pieces that my parents had collected over the years. We would spend hours after school and on the weekends building. Most of our creations were cars and houses for our dolls to play in. Since we had such a random assortment of pieces, it let our creative juices flow. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I realized LEGO sets came with instructions.