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Donna Eaves

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  • Birthday 06/05/1978

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    Tasmania, Australia
  1. Thanks heaps John for including me in the newsletter. I've been a bit busy with the new school term starting to get into the site updates at the moment, but plenty more things coming soon. I appreciate your support.
  2. Thanks Anne - this actually sounds like just what I need. I started the year with about 4 (almsot 5) students who displayed extremely challenging behaviours in the classroom. In one term I've managed to bring that down a significant amount but two of them in particular are still proving to be very difficult - including one boy who has just managed his 9th suspension in about 17 weeks of schooling - mostly for serious violence against other students and teachers. Another isn't a regular suspension, but is very difficult to control in the classroom. The other 2-3 are improving but still challen
  3. As jaywalker mentioned above, I too am frustrated by parents full day absenteeism just to have a haircut or a dentist visit. I have a couple of mothers who regularly book their children in for appointments during school hours and come in just to tell me they think it would be easier to keep them home all day - a bit inane when they've just made the effort to come all the way into school to let me know that. I know I'd make every effort to book my son in for appointments with minimal disruption to his schooling, and if he did have to miss time, he'd be away from school as little time as possi
  4. Thanks John - that was my next step I got a bit too interested in a number of discussions going here. As it is I should be doing some other planning ... but I'm excited to find another teaching forum with active participants
  5. I'm here and keen to chat. I am actually finding the same problems with my own forum which I started for this very reason. Being a computer and internet enthusiast, I wanted a place to discuss everything and anything to do with education with my colleagues so I began the process of learning web development and with a bit of help from my fiance (a computer programmer) I created AusTeachers (and specifically, AusTeachers Discussion Forums with the hope that there'd be many other young teachers particularly, like me, who wanted to share what they'd learnt and gain more information. I even had t
  6. My teaching experience has been short compared to some, but I'e taught in many schools and over many age groups and I've experienced a wide range of challenging behaviours - ADHD being a common disorder I have come across in my teaching. My current grade 2 class has one female student who is being satisfactorily medicated for ADHD, one male student who is unsatisfactorily being medicated (keep changing medications, no consistency in taking tablets, sometimes not medicated at all) and another who I believe is suffering from either ADHD/ADD or something very similar. It is a very challenging cl
  7. I had a sneaking suspicion that e-mail eventually found it's way into my inbox via yourself jaywalker - and I can't thank you enough. I have so many ideas through which to develop my site but I want to be sure that the money and more importantly, the effort are not going to be wasted before I put even more effort into it. Promotion is the number one hardest thing I've found in this venture of mine, but in any case, I'm enjoying further developing my passion for all things IT at the moment and using my other passion, education, to help me develop my skills. Thank you for your support and you
  8. I'm completely in agreeance there I know Tasmania is close enough to that cold barren land below, but I have a feeling that you'll find very few members posting from Antarctica. But in any case, add me to the Oceania section
  9. Hi, I'm Donna. I'm 26, mum to an 8yo boy, and a beginning teacher in Tasmania, Australia. This is my third year since graduating with the University of Tasmania with Bachelor of Education, with Honours. This is the first year I've taught full time, but my experiences have included relief teaching (casual, fill in teaching), grade 1/2 class part time, literacy specialist for grades 1/2, part time teacher in a grade 5/6 (10-11yos) all male class in a very tough school and I'm currently in a grade 2 mixed class at the same school - very difficult population of students. My honours research foc
  10. I am the owner/creator of an educational website for teachers in Australia. The site, AusTeachers, was established about 9 months ago to overcome an empty space on the internet for Australian teachers to discuss anything and everything relating to their teaching in the one discussion forum. The site now has a lot more general information relevant to teachers but the discussion forum is a major part of the site at this early stage. The discussion forum address is http://forum.austeachers.net The site is now divided into 6 sections: The School - general school issues The Classroom - issues
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