How I Teach - Christina Polatajko

How I Teach: Christina Polatajko

The more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a highly motivated teacher out of Melbourne, Australia!

Christina Polatajko

Name: Christina Polatajko
Where Are You From: Melbourne, Australia
Where Do You Teach: Newbury Primary School (P-6)
One word that best describes how you teach: Determined

What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?

There are plenty of apps and tools, but just name a few – Idoceo, Google Slides, IMGPlay (GIF), Apple TV, my whistle and my stuffed toys for students to use their imagination during learning time.

What do your #physed classes look like?

My classroom is all about students making their own discoveries. So as they walk in they check in with their feelings, as I believe this is the most important part of the lesson. Students then come and discover their first instant connection activity on our Apple TV. This allows students to engage and to connect with the class straight away. My classroom is very visual with posters, words and pictures for students to connect and to learn.

As our school is a very multicultural school – 70% of students are EAL (English as an Additional Language) – I provide my students with a visual step-by-step guide of our lesson using google slides so they’re aware of what we are going to discover throughout the lesson.

Our classroom is all about collaboration, connecting and building a strong community.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I love to incorporate all curriculum areas into our PhysEd lessons – literacy with songs, words – maths with numbers, counting – digital technologies, coding in PhysEd. As we know, we don’t just teach the skills: we teach our students to become outstanding learners and thinkers. Therefore, ‘thinking outside the square’ supports all our learners. I’m not afraid to showcase our learning to our school community and celebrate success.

What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?

Networking! Number one advice for sure! I’ve been teaching for nearly 10 years and the first 4 -5 years I did no networking and was stuck in my own little PhysEd world. But since starting to network with great educators from around the world, my learning, passion and determination to be an outstanding educator has done a 360. I strongly recommend all educators to network, we are here to help ALL, as our number one reason why we are educators is to support ALL students.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter@cpola17

Facebook: Miss Physical Education

Website: www.missphysicaleducation.com

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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