My name is Mary St George. Welcome to my blog.
I am a gifted education teacher, working with children of preschool and primary school age. Currently the largest part of my workload comes from teaching at Gifted Online.
My way of teaching promotes self-direction by learners, and a current professional interest is deepening self-directed students’ processes of reflection. I am coming to believe that students whose learning is self-directed must also play a huge part in self-assessment, and must be given all the tools they need to do this well.
What do self-directed learners need a teacher for? Often it is to help them re-kindle a sense of wonder as they transition to a new topic or conceptual theme. It may be to ask the right questions to enable children to discover something new about their own learning processes. It may be to help children find people or information to serve as models of what they are trying to achieve. Sometimes it is about showing learners their own work through someone else’s eyes, perhaps in contrast to other work in the field. For me, it’s pretty much about knowing students goals and putting myself in their shoes, then guiding them as I would like to be guided myself.
P.S. I am proving to be a very seasonal blogger. You’ll find this blog is pretty inert through much of the southern hemisphere summer. But when it gets cold in the garden, I’ll be back!