Matthew Newland

Portrait of Matthew NewlandBachelor of Education (Primary) 2007 and
Master of Education (Educational Leadership and Administration) 2013

I am currently working...
As a teacher at the Chinese International School based in Hong Kong. 

I chose Deakin because...
Of the well established and highly reputable Faculty of Education at that time that was generated by dedicated Faculty staff, an inclusive learning environment, affluent resources and by the large amount of research being conducted and published.

After leaving uni...
I began teaching at a primary school in Melbourne. Soon after, I moved to South Korea to work in an international school for 3 years. After which time I moved to Hong Kong.

At uni I was inspired by...
My first unit chair who was passionate about the concepts of internationalism and education equality to further explore this area. What this experience taught me is how much a teacher's passion impacts student motivation and how it creates the desire to further learning independently.  This led me to realise the power of technology and how it can be utilised to teach students 'how to learn', shifting to a transformative personalised learning environment.

Today, I am motivated by...
Validation from the very people within the school community that give me the confidence and motivation to reach my full pedagogical potential - my students! This realisation makes me mindful of the symbiotic effect teachers and students have on one another and how we grow and benefit from each other's successes and achievements. 

In my profession it is important to...
Model being a life-long learner in order to prepare yourself and the students with the skills necessary for this rapidly changing world.  What students need to learn is constantly changing; therefore what we teach is constantly changing.

Professionally, my proudest achievement is...
When I empower students to make a positive difference in their wider community. Examples of this are using technology to share with a wider audience about local environmental issues, creating fundraising events for local charity groups or just demonstrating a positive attitude towards others.

I feel a strong connection with...
My students. I believe the best way to cater for their individual need is to get to know the holistic child. The more you know them, the better you understand how you can support them.

Success to me is...
Being part of the success of others. As an educator, I will always have hope and success as long as I have students to teach. As Confucius says - "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

In the future I would like to...
Take my teaching beyond the classroom and give those less fortunate the opportunity to explore, learn and share. I would one day love to turn up at an isolated village in a remote area of the world with a bag of iPads, so they can listen to the stories of others and share their own stories.

The single-most important issue in the world is...
Education equality. I studied Educational Technology and Internationalising the Curriculum as part of my Masters program and I believe giving all students access to technology can provide students with the opportunity to learn and flourish in todays modern world.

The best thing I would recommend about Deakin is...
Its teacher support. I have always been truly amazed on many occasions how faculty staff have gone beyond their call of duty to help clarify misunderstandings and answer questions to help consolidate your knowledge.

My course helped my career by...
Giving me greater insight, perspective and understanding of the research, knowledge and experiences that are present in my profession. My Deakin education prepared me to make the most out of a very rewarding career.

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