Elizabeth Ricketts

Primary School Principal, Catholic Education, Parramatta
Sydney, Australia

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I have been in education for 40 years and this is my 32nd year as a school principal.
I am currently the Principal at St Aidan's Primary School Rooty Hill. St Aidan's is a two stream co educational school in the outer western suburbs of Sydney.
My many qualifications include a Doctorate in Education from Sydney University. The area of study was 'parents expectations of schooling'

An idea worth spreading

'Teachers make a difference'

I'm passionate about

The Integration of technology in learning/teaching.
Equal opportunity so that each student can make an effective contribution to society.
One's postcode will not determine one's future

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21st Century learning/teaching

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Music, singing, sport especially fishing and horse racing.

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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
What inspires loyalty within the organizations you work with?
I believe without a doubt that the thing that inspires loyalty in my organization is mutual respect. In saying that I also believe that some people have a propensity to loyalty regardless of circumstances. This can stem from family values, life experiences, upbringing and work experiences. Additional to mutual respect is confidence in the organization which comes about through positive relationships and trust. When the many parts of the whole work together, rather than pulling in different directions, harmony is evident and success more attainable
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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
The Rise of Collaboration
Collaboration is an essential element of the 21st century. The world in which we live is growing smaller with the marvelous development and advances in digital technology. I believe that if we are to live in harmony with our neighbors both near and far then we must be able and willing to collaborate.
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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
No Discrimination!! Equality For Africa!! Equality For Life!!
The First Grader. A must see movie about an 84 year old Kenyon who desperately wanted to learn to read and write. I had to keep asking myself when is enough enough? In Australia we have so much and yet we talk about poor facilities for students and are always wanting more. In Kenya there were 5 students sharing one desk. They each had one book and two pencils. Quote from the movie "the power is in the pen" We take so much for granted. To us the glass is half empty. Yet to the Africans who consider themselves blessed to be able to go to school at all the glass is half full.
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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?
Hi Alex. Thanks for your response. I started my staff using twitter during staff meetings and other prof learning sessions. You need to create a # tag for the group. We have one for this year # staidans2012. Whenever we learn something staff are encouraged to tweet using the #tag eg. It might look something like this..... #staidans2012. Great learning today. Teachers collaborating to plan challenged based learning for term two. Lots of good ideas shared. I would do a similar thing with students. The tweets can be saved as a search for future reference thus providing a learning log. Many of my teachers set up blogs for their students to share learning. Hope this helps you. Let me know if I can assist further
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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?
Erica I am sold on twitter as a learning tool. I use it for professional learning journey of staff and can easily see how teachers can make use of this tool for their students. As the tweets are limited in characters it forces users to be consise and crystallize their thoughts. The different conversations can be saved which means students will have a record of their learnings
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Elizabeth Ricketts
Posted about 2 years ago
How might teachers implement sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube to engage students in their education?
Technology is a wonderful tool to assist in learning and teaching. However, it will never replace the teacher as our profession is a relational business where the rapport between teacher and student so often makes a huge difference in the learning that occurs and in fact to schooling itself.. In saying that I believe that technology used responsibly by all concerned can be used very effectively by students and teachers of all ages. Access to web 2.0 technologies creates a level playing field for students and schools from all socio economic strata,