Matthew Brachi - Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Primary specialisation
Both the practical experience gained through practicum and the theory studied in the degree have been invaluable for primary teacher Matthew Brachi.
"I have just completed my two years as a beginning teacher, so I hope to return to study in the next five years to complete a postgraduate qualification. I am particularly interested in integrating technology into teaching in order to lift student achievement."
My degree was invaluable in providing not only the practical experiences to prepare me for teaching, but also the theoretical framework to support my practice.
"I have been working as a classroom teacher for the last two years, since finishing my degree. I was fortunate to be placed at an amazing school for my last practicum which led to my current role. My degree was invaluable in providing not only the practical experiences to prepare me for teaching, but also the theoretical framework to support my practice.
"I really enjoyed collaborating with other student teachers and sharing ideas. Just like teachers in a school, we all had different strengths and viewpoints which we could draw on to help each other. The practicum placements ensured that I got to experience a range of age levels and decile areas which helped me to appreciate a wide range of learner needs and perspectives.
"Whilst three years sounds like a very long time to study, it really passes very quickly. I have not only gained a degree, but also created lifelong friends and professional colleagues. If you push yourself to achieve your best in your studies, you will be well prepared – not only for the challenges of your own classroom, but for your continued growth as an education professional."