My name is Miss Von Riegen, and I am currently taking the first steps towards my goal of becoming an engaging and effective secondary school teacher. This blog is my attempt at documenting my journey from student to teacher - or as I prefer to call it 'becoming Miss Von Riegen.'
Professor Andy Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, is quoted as saying that 'Teaching is not the oldest profession. But it is the loneliest one'.
Whenever I read this quote, I always feel like it depicts the teaching profession as a lonely and solitary road to travel. But, why does it have to be like this?
In many ways, this blog is an attempt to challenge that statement. While teachers may often feel alone, as one of the only adults in the room during most parts of their day, I feel that it is important to remember that we are all part of a team.
Around Australia we have a whole community of individuals striving towards creating a better future for the children of our society. As a pre-service teacher, this blog is my attempt at embracing my part within this community and attempting to reach out and start a discussion with my family of fellow educators. Taking Hargreaves' advice in the video below, this blog is my invitation to all my fellow pre-service teachers, as well as any experienced educators who are interested, to join me on my journey so that we can all support each other as we navigate our way through this passionate profession.
To read more about me and my teaching philosophy, visit my professional profile. You can also read my reflections on my experiences within the classroom, and browse through the various teaching resources that I have either created myself, or come across in my research and studies.