Posted by: quokkagirl | February 3, 2010

Just The Facts

Just to be clear, let me introduce myself.  My name is Jennifer Amy and I’m a 46 year old teacher working in Bunbury, Western Australia (WA).  I’m originally a Canadian but have American, Canadian and Australian credentials in the areas of secondary and elementary teaching, curriculum development, inclusive education and specialised tutoring for students with specific learning disabilities.  Presently, I am continuing my studies as a doctoral student at Murdoch University looking at teacher perceptions of their experiences with students with learning difficulties/disabilities.

At the moment, I live in Bunbury, a small town on the Indian Ocean in the southwestern part of the state.  From 2003 to 2008, I was living in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, which has a population of around one and a half million.

Quokka is an aboriginal word for the small, fluffy relaxed marsupial that is indigenous to the island of Rottnest, 15 kms off the coast from Perth.  I’ve used the tag quokkagirl for a number of years as I’m interested in the learning disability issues relevant to this area and it uniquely marks this discussion as originating in WA.

In Western Australia, formal services for those with specific learning disabilities and difficulties crosses over three separate school sectors and includes the public, Catholic and independent education systems.  Over the past seven years, I’ve taught in both the public and independent sectors.  My time has been spent in the independent system coordinating educational support at a private all-boys school called Scotch College, in both the community college (TAFE) and correctional services system and as a specialised tutor for students with learning disabilities through my educational services firm the Therapeutic Learning Centre (TLC).

In WA, assessment, diagnostic and program design services vary across these educational lines but support services focus on identification, program  modification and establishment of individually based accommodations.  However, there is very little focus on strategic remediation, organic and holistic curriculum design as well as the establishment of an across sector system of universal adaptations available to all students with learning issues.

In my opinion, this is where the conversation should begin as we discuss options available to people involved with learning disabilities and provide a supportive, optimistic environment that stimulates informed feedback and debate that can initiate future progress.  Cheers for now.

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  1. Jen! I LOVE your blog! I’ve really missed you, and I had no idea you were starting work at the prison — can’t wait to hear all about it. You’re just such a boring person, you never have anything going on in your life. Really look forward to catching up whenever you get the chance. Love, Bec xxx


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