Author: Melissa Mulholland

My name is Melissa Mulholland. I am a member of the teaching and learning staff at Wirreanda Secondary School in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. My classroom concentrates on the community of learners. It is collaborative, differentiated and connected to real world events and issues. I support the learning of middle years and senior secondary students. I am interested in the use of flexible and dynamic learning spaces, digital citizenship and the exploration of the world around us. Lifelong learning is an area of passion thus I endeavour to model a growth mindset to those around me; students and colleagues alike. As a result, professional development is a crucial component in my professional growth.

So you think you provide quality feedback?

A recent series of Professional Development workshops have challenged my thinking about how we provide students with feedback which has ultimately led me to question its purpose. If you were to ask teachers, I believe the majority would acknowledge feedback as an important aspect of a learner’s future growth and development. But, I wonder how…

Diversity

This week has seen many students and staff access the different spaces and resources of the Learning Hub. On Tuesday, the Learning Hub hosted wellbeing and mindfulness guru, Louiza Hebhardt, who worked with staff about the importance of looking after themselves and creating a balance between the hectic demands of teaching and life away from…

Year 7 Parent Information Evening

The Learning Hub once again transformed for a very special event, hosting the Year 7 Parent Information Evening. We had a large group of Year 7 students and their families represented in the audience which was fantastic! The majority of these students are already familiar with Wirreanda Secondary School through our ongoing Transition Programs and STEAM…

Week 3

Despite nearing the end of another school year, the Learning Hub continues to be a hive of activity. With the end of the 2015 school year in sight, staff at Wirreanda continue to develop skills and understandings. This term, staff are upskilling in the use of Google Apps for Education in a range of ways including drop…

It’s time to vote!

There were a number of Literacy Week activities occurring throughout the school and in the Learning Hub this term. One particularly popular competition was ‘Caption This’. Students across the school, submitted entries to the competition and this week, it was time to vote! Students used sticky dots to indicate their favourite, one winner was announced…