A question and answer session with Victoria Field, an awesome teacher in the inner-east…

  1. How long have you been working at anzuk? Nearly 5 months after graduating in June.
  2. What did you do before working at anzuk? Before anzuk and my career change I worked in children’s publishing doing international sales, and for Mattel as Licensing Manager which primarily involved product development with Australian and New Zealand companies.
  3. What are your favorite year levels to teach? Depends on the day! I love the light bulb moments you get with the junior years, but I also love the conversations and interesting/deeper discussions that you can have with the older students. I have a particular interest in literacy and engaging all students in a love of reading is one of my long term goals.
  4. What has been your best teaching moment? During a recent week long placement with some grade 6 students I was able to work with them on their Market Day plans and advertising ideas. Being able to bring my previous career knowledge into the classroom and engaging the students in some deeper dives into their ideas was such a satisfying and rewarding experience for me. I really felt I had connected with those students during those sessions and added some value to their learning.
  5. What is the biggest thing you’ve learnt since doing casual relief teaching? You can’t always expect to make deep connections with students if you are only with them a short time. However, while you are with them you need to be authentic and interested in those students for the individuals that they are. You can’t hide much from kids, they will know if you are just turning up and going through the motions. At the very least, it is always more fun to be engaged with the class, and I believe every child can teach you something that may help you in your next assignment.
  6. What is one piece of advice you have for any other casual relief teacher? Don’t be too harsh on yourself. If you have a challenging day where nothing seems to go right, and your classroom management skills don’t seem to be working, take a deep breath and know that even teachers with years of experience can have days like that – at least that is what they have told me. Hopefully they aren’t just trying to make me feel better. J
  7. Outside of teaching, what is your favorite hobby? Obtaining my degree has been my focus the last couple of years, but I am now getting back to some hobbies with a bit more time on my hands. Top of the list is renovating my small garden which was looking like a small jungle for a while there.­
  8. Where did you go to University/where did you grow up? Born and bred in Melbourne, I was an undergraduate student at Monash University, and post graduate degree undertaken at Deakin University.
  9. Favorite sport? Do Friday night drinks count? Seriously though, I love walking and am lucky to live near some great parklands where I can get my exercise and listen to the kookaburras. Sometimes I might even break into a jog!
  10. Tell us one interesting fact about yourself. I ticked off a bucket list item when I had a trip to the Galapagos Islands a few years ago and travelled in the footsteps (or at least I like to think so) of Charles Darwin.