A class act: Master of Teaching graduate nominated for national teaching award

Master of Teaching (Secondary) graduate Matthew McDonald was nominated for a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) earlier this year.

The English and History teacher at St Leonard's College in Brighton is passionate about his chosen profession.

"It comes down to teaching being a fun and creative job," he said. "Yes, it's stressful and tiring at times, but when you're enjoying your job you don't mind. When things click it's incredibly rewarding - a lot of the time I'm learning from my kids, rather than them learning from me."

Mr McDonald is particularly proud of the work he has done with the debating program at St Leonard's College.

"I was asked to become our debating coordinator at the beginning of this year," he said. "We began with a big push to get the students involved, and we've gone from four to eighteen teams across various competitions. Our students have had great success, with all of our teams finishing in the top half of our region and two teams are into the Victorian state finals. We even have a student who has qualified to represent Australia internationally at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships. I'm very proud of them!"

His classroom work has been similarly successful, in particular his efforts in assisting his school in embracing iPads as part of a digital curriculum.

"I've digitised about 120 different resources so far," he said. "Not only is it better for the environment, but it really enhances students' learning. We can deliver information to suit individual learning styles, and students can learn from one another by sharing and commenting on each other's work."