Nō Waikato ahau
Kei Whakatu ahau, e noho ana inaianei
Ko Mark tōku hoa tane
Ko Pipi rāua, ko Izzy tamahine
Ko Sarah Johns tōku ingoa
Hi my name is Sarah Johns and I love teaching Science. I am currently HOD Junior Science at Nelson College for Girls. In my classroom it is important to me to create a personal, relevant atmosphere eliciting an emotional connection to the learning and to students’ own life experiences and prior knowledge. As a teacher it matters to me as to how my teaching impacts on the learning of my students and I am very explicit with my students about this. The planning, developing, and reviewing of the classroom learning happens continuously. In fact, as a professional this has kept me nourished and nimble.
I have extensive experience of facilitating PLG’s using current and relevant research evidence to support inquiries within and across two secondary schools in Nelson. In 2014 I presented a 30-minute workshop at ULearn Conference- ‘Action research fostering engagement and effectiveness through inquiry. In 2015, I co-presented a two-hour workshop at Canterbury West Coast Secondary Principals’ Conference- ‘Teachers Leading Teachers in a Collaborative Inquiry Project’. Experiences which provided the creditability to lead such a workshop have come from a successful funding application to co-facilitate PLG’s across two school. NAIL, is a PLG that spans across two Nelson schools for the duration of 3 years as part of TLIF. From 2013-2014 I also co-facilitated a PPTA funded PLG pilot which explored Group learning by teachers for teachers.
My passion and commitment for promoting effective pedagogy has led me to this current role and I am looking forward to being able to contribute and support you all so that we may realise the CoL vision.