Cardijn College (SA)
In Empowering Educators, inspiring Aussie teachers share how they build and nurture entrepreneurial mindsets in their classrooms. Here we ask Alexia Little of Cardijn College in South Australia about her inspiration and how she creates creating authentic and connected learning experiences.
Q1. Can you give us three words (or phrases) that describe your life as an educator?
Enthusiastic, innovative, adaptive.
Q2: What’s one of the best learning experiences you’ve ever delivered?
At Cardijn we have a special education centre for students with significant learning/developmental delays. I have been lucky enough to work with these students for 2 years, writing the curriculum and teaching them through practical hands-on science activities.
Students learn what it means to be a scientist, while simultaneously developing life skills that will benefit them outside of the classroom.
Lessons with these students are dynamic and flexible and give me such a unique experience as a high school teacher.
Q3: What’s one book, website or podcast you’d recommend to educators keen to build the entrepreneurial mindsets of their students?
I recommend getting your hands on “The Design Thinking Toolbox: A Guide to Mastering the Most Popular and Valuable Innovative Methods” by M. Lewrick, P. Link & L. Leifer. It contains a wealth of knowledge, tools, templates and practical strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students’ development of a design thinking mindset. Flick through and pick and choose what you need!
Meet this week’s Empowering Educator, Alexia Little.
My name is Alexia Little. I have been a Science and Mathematics teacher for 12 years and am the Science Coordinator at Cardijn College. I am a passionate and enthusiastic educator and aim to instil in my students the desire to be life-long learners and critical thinkers. I feel privileged to spend my days inspiring and encouraging young people to be the best they can be.
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