A love of sport and working with children led Isabelle Napier into the Master of Teaching (Primary). While studying her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Isabelle had the opportunity to get a taste for teaching with Breadth subjects in the area. She aims to provide young students with the opportunity to fall in love with physical education – just like she did.
My name is Isabelle Napier. I'm studying a Master of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Melbourne, and my specialisation is Physical Education. The year after I finished Year 12, I worked at a school in the Sports Department. I loved working with the children to help facilitate the school sporting programs, both within the school and also the inter-school sport.
Through this experience, I really developed a love for working with children and helping them achieve their goals, whether it be personal or sporting or academic.
And that sort of led me to think about studying teaching after my undergraduate degree. I also undertook a breadth track during my undergraduate at the University, and the Sports Education subjects kept instilling in me the desire to study teaching throughout that time.
During my undergraduate in the breadth track subjects, which were taught by faculty staff here, it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the breadth of sport in education and particularly across the both the primary and secondary levels of schooling.
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And since studying here, it's helped me to learn more about the depth of education itself – how much it can differ globally and even within Australia – and the impact teachers can have on educational outcomes.
I find it inspiring to see children develop and become more confident in what they believe they can do.
Sometimes, particularly in that first experience when they're on outdoor education camps, they realise that they have so many more skills than they first thought they had. And I love helping children to realise that about themselves.