G'day there. My name is Rick Kayler-Thomson. I am a teacher at Bellaire Primary School in the suburb of Highton, city of Geelong, state of Victoria.Kayler-Thomson,_Rick_copy.jpg I have been a primary teacher for five and a half years. I am currently teaching in our Grade 3/4 Middle Learning Unit. We work in one of the BER buildings that was constructed with the government stimulus money and was given to the school due to its innovative take on curriculum and learning spaces over the past few years. It is a flexible learning space with seven home groups in each 'nook.'DSC07473.JPGFrom 2007 to 2009 I worked in our grade 5/6 Senior Learning Unit which is a flexible learning space too. It's been nice to discover an element of teaching that has now become my passion. I have to thank John Pearce (@mrpbps) for that after working in a double classroom with him in his final year of teaching. It really opened my eyes to web 2.0 tools and what is out there for students and educators alike. We didn't learn any of this stuff at university. My professional wiki (see link in list below) contains a selection of the projects I have undertaken with my students over the past few years. A few that have been really successful are Passion Projects using the globalstudent domain (now global2) blogs, Puzzler and Mystery Challenge blogs for students (students submit pictures, riddles and challenges for all to tackle), the use of Edmodo as an educational social networking tool, movie making and editing with a school in New Zealand and Skype debating with another school in Victoria. That's just a quick snapshot. I also have a passion for music. I've been playing drums since I was 9 years old. I play in a band called 'Domino Theory.' We compose original music. I am teaching myself the guitar too. I love reading books, catching live music, a bit of cooking, visiting vineyards on the Bellarine, tilling some soil and planting in the garden.
Twitter: @rakt
My Professional Blog: Mr K-T @ BPS
My Class / Unit Blog: Middle Learning Unit BPS
My Professional Wiki: ICT @ BPS

My ´╗┐iPhone 4 Posterous Challenge Blog: http://mrrakt.posterous.com/

Skype : rickman218 (Rick KT)
Email: kayler-thomson.rick.a@edumail.vic.gov.au mrrakt@gmail.com