My name is Teagan Childs, I am a first time mum of a one and a half year old little girl named Hannah. I have just recently moved to Emerald QlD from Kingaroy and Dalby where we spent the last six years but I am originally from Maryborough QLD. I am a former Child care Group Leader in which I worked for over six years. Now I am a stay at home mum and am currently studying my Bach of Education- Early Childhood.

I am enrolled in EDC3100 ICT and Pedagogy and EDX1450 HPE Curriculum and Pedagogy this semester in S2. This will be my second Prac. I am really enjoying my studies so far and have learned so much already. Through out my learning journey in this course I am hoping to learn how to use social media and other technologies to help me to provide better teaching skills for my future students.

When I am finally out in the field I hope to teach grades 2-3 in the primary school setting. I love children, so when I am a teacher I hope that I can make a difference in the people my students will become. I am very aware that all students come from a wide variety of home circumstances and I hope that I can provide each student with stability, someone they can trust and who cares about them as individuals even if they don’t receive those qualities outside of the school setting.

Thomas Friedman (author, reporter and columnist.) is not an educator but his perspectives on globalisation have had a big impact on the way I view of ICT in education. Friedman is most noted for his concept of the “flat world” in his book “The World is Flat, 2005″. The world is flat is a metaphor for the level playing field created by technological and political advances that have enabled individuals from vastly different situations, backgrounds and locations to collaborate or economically compete. The invention of the personal computer and the creation of a world-wide digital infrastructure have brought about a great turning point which advances level the global playing field and enable individuals to shape our economic future. For education to ignore the implications of the “Flat world”, in Friedman’s thoughts would be left behind or caught sleeping.  He states “successful competitors in the new world must be prepared with an education that enables them to think creatively and sympathise ideas from divergent areas”. In light of this new flat world, what kind of education is going to be the best preperation for a new era of global competitivness?

“In the future, how we educate our children may prove to be more important than how much we educate them”.

Friedman further writes “The best way to make kids love learning is to stimulate their own inate curiosity, by making available to them all the technowledgies so they can educate themselves in an enormously rich way. (Burke. K, Thomas Friedman Module Three EDC1300, 2012)

If you are interested in including me in your Personal Learning Network (PLN) you can follow me on Twitter- @teaganchilds

I also have a personal blog which can be found at themummanextdoor.blogspot.com.au if you would like to get to know me better. I look forward to meeting everyone :-)

705403_10151353563920135_897035764_oMy little girl, Hannah.


15 thoughts on “About

  1. Congratulations! What a wonderful blog. Your daughter Hannah is beautiful. I hope you are settling into Emerald. I read that you used to live in Kingaroy. I visit Kingaroy on and off as I have friends there, and I love to stay at the Bunya Mountains during holidays. Looking forward to working with you this semester.

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comments 🙂 The Bunyas are pretty amazing arn’t they! We didnt go there enough! I look forward to working with you as well! Good luck this semester!

  2. Hi Teagan, your blog looks very sweet. It looks like you are quite savvy with using ICT’s. I see you have the links set up on the top of your page, this is something I would like to learn more about. I’m guessing there is a specific name for them but I am not familiar with terminologies as yet. This is my first blog along with being relatively new at using social networking.
    Debbie 🙂

    • Hi Debbie, this is a bit exciting for me. I started a personal blog at the end of semester 1 using Blogger and this is the first time I have used wordpress and I have struggled the whole way through, so very exciting that I can help someone else use a blog 🙂 If you go to your Dashboard & under the posts click on categories. Then create which ever headings you would like to use as seperate categories. (I organise each of my posts into categories when I am writing them in the add new, so they show up when you click on the heading) Then you have to go to appearances and click on menus and under the categories tab select and click add. When they appear in the menue click save menu and when you go back to your blog you should be able to see them along the top. Im sure there are many ways of doing it but this is the way I figured out ha ha. Good luck and let me know if your having any trouble. Im happy to help 🙂

  3. Hello. Teagan. I’m Chin Wei (Shireen) from Segi College,Malaysia. My class started yesterday. A lot of preparation need to be done. ……
    You’ve done a great job in your blog. Your daughter Hannah is so adorable and beautiful.

    By the way, I am not good in IT and this is my first blog and i’m still struggling to edit my blog now… 😦 I also started to use Twitter.
    Anyway, I look forward to working with you as well, Teagan. Let’s learn together! 🙂

    God bless you.

    • Hi Shireen, thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog and Hannah. Good luck for this semester and if you need a hand just ask, im happy to help 🙂

  4. Wow Teagan, what a fantastic blog! You must have spent so much time on it so far, l love the way you have set it out so far, very easy to follow and well organised. Great Job, i can only hope when I get some time to spend on mine this week it looks as fantastic as yours.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and for your feedback! Its great to hear that it is easy to follow and organised! I have spent a lot of time on it so far, my poor other subject is being very neglected! Good luck for this semester!

  5. Hi Teagan,
    It’s great to catch up with you again. Last time we met was in Kingaroy for our collaborative subject last year. You have done a great job on your blog. I will definitely be following your progress.
    Michelle Newton

    • Hi Michelle, I was wondering if it was you or another Michelle Newton! It is great to catch up with you again! How are your studies going to far? Are u still doing 4 subjects a semester?

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