I’m Mark Gleeson. 2012 marks my 25th year as a Primary School teacher. Over those years I’ve been a self proclaimed Maths guru/tutor, ICT leader, Music Teacher, singer/songwriter, PE Co-ordinator ( my high school PE teachers would laugh at that one) and led PD in ICT both locally and system-wide. I’ve spent most of my career teaching in the 5/6 level while also tutoring secondary school students in Maths.I’ve also clocked up over 50 Sacrament masses as Music leader and attended 30 school camps as official token male teacher at my schools!
I have an undying passion for improving Mathematical understanding in teachers and students everywhere. I have also become a crusader for Web tools in schools to inspire greater learning in today’s tech-intensive world. I worship at the altar of Apple AND Jesus and find time outside of school to be a pretty good Dad as well.
This is my first attempt at blogging. I want to write about iPads in schools ( a crowded blogosphere there) from real world experience. I want to share how Web tools can change education. I want to write what I believe ( not what I’m expected to believe ), hopefully by thinking before I post. I want to get our students inspired to write by blogging themselves so they can see writing has a real purpose beyond file books and NAPLAN assessments! I want to inspire and encourage my own colleagues ( and hopefully others outside my school ) to take a chance and think outside the comfort zone of the 20th Century where I began my life as a teacher.
Of course I may just end up writing stuff that only I’m interested in but you have to start somewhere. Hope you enjoy the ride!
P.S. For those who are referring to me in their own blogs, I’m not from the UK. I’m Australian!