One year on: Tracking down our teacher students

June 2014


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Last year Education Review profiled teacher students ANNIE RILEY and KELSIE DAVIE-MORLAND about their path to becoming teachers. One year on, we catch up with them to find out how they’re getting on.

Annie Riley, Massey University

At the end of 2013, I complete the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary) at Massey University. My undergraduate qualification is not in education; I completed a Bachelor of Communication at Massey University in Wellington at the end of 2011.

I have just finished my first term of teaching at Westmount School in Hawkes Bay and can say it was fun, exciting, interesting – and long!

My course prepared me very well and I feel confident planning and implementing new learning, which considers both the curriculum and the best interests of my students.

I have built upon both the theory I learned and my practical experiences. I am now beginning to establish myself as a teacher and develop my own personal teaching philosophy.

The 12 weeks I spent in classrooms whilst at university were very beneficial. However, there is nothing quite like having your own classroom and I still have a lot to learn! In saying this, I am lucky to have found myself in a supportive and collegial environment where I am able to draw from experienced teachers.

So far, I absolutely love the job and I look forward to continuing to learn alongside my students.


Kelsie Davie-Morland, University of Waikato

I’m now in my second year of the conjoint degree. I have recently accepted a double major in Theatre and English as well, which is stretching me a little thin but I would not have it any other way.

This year has definitely been an eye-opener in terms of what’s required for teaching. I haven’t been on practicum or into a classroom yet, but learning the tools to take into the classroom has been incredible. Who knew the detail that needed to go into planning lessons?

The lecturers have been nothing but understanding and are incredible at what they do. I’ve learnt so much about behind the scenes of being a teacher and have made me appreciate what my teachers did for me.

To be quite honest, at the end of last year, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a teacher. Many times I said to myself, “This wasn’t what I expected; it’s not what I want”. But having stuck to it, I’ve found a new passion and excitement. I can’t wait to get out into a classroom and start inspiring kids the way I was.

The assignments are a bit daunting, but of course, Rome wasn’t built in a day. My advice to anyone wanting to enrol in the conjoint degree is stick with it. You are going to have doubts, you will have second thoughts, but if you hang in there, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. And don’t be afraid to keep in contact with your old teachers, they’ll be a treasure trove of knowledge!

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