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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Personal StatementI left full time education after 30 years of wide ranging primary teaching which included various co-ordination responsibilities, among them, curriculum development, induction, SEN and ESL. Promoting primary art, developing whole school projects, community liaison and encouraging cross-curricular links have featured strongly in my time as a teacher. I also took part in a team structuring an updated RE syllabus for a London Borough. During the nineties I worked as a support teacher and team leader for ESL and also trained, qualified and practised as a counsellor. At present I work as a part time supply teacher in special schools and am currently involved in the Select Education project to develop e-facilitation skills. In 2002 I completed a research study on supply teaching in special education. I have also recently taught Art and Design & Technology to PGCE trainee primary teachers.
ICT InterestsE-learning has been a relatively recent concept for me and has mainly developed since I left mainstream teaching. Prior to that, I had only used basic computer skills for writing up assignments for a counselling diploma. I later started to access the Internet when researching for my MA study,(see Mirandanet Noticeboard - News and Events) which was also e-supervised and for making some very basic resources to support language and communication in the special schools I work in. I learnt to use Desktop Publishing to create information newsletters for donators to a Learning Project I have gradually developed in a remote mountain area of NE Nigeria and I am now extending my skills to explore further educational resources (see below).
Recent ProjectsI have recently been part of a project by Select Education to train in e-facilitation skills. The experiential learning process of the course and the expertise and practice of ICT among my group colleagues motivated and inspired me to use computer technology to bring the essence of life in a remote African mountain community to the inner city classroom in the form of text and images, thereby promoting awareness and knowledge which would not otherwise be accessible to children. Since I started the Dzga Learning Project in 1998, under a tree, (www.mandaras.info - click: Information to share) it has grown and now become an established primary school. It has sparked the interest of colleagues, working on contrasting environments or creative arts projects etc., and I have been invited to give talks to pupils from reception age through to secondary, and too, a group of senior citizens. Creating a Power Point presentation required learning many new technical skills for the collating and scanning process using Adobe Photoshop, and then, for the appropriate text and image design, Power Point 2000. This would eventually replace the conventional slide show and information sheets which previously accompanied my talks and workshops and could be left behind as a CD Rom for follow up or future use. I initially gauged the PP for KS2 or lower secondary and the next stage of this project will be to annotate each slide and to further develop some cross curricular links for secondary use.
PublicationsCattini-Muller, S., (1998). Lakwa's pots: Pottery making in the Gwoza Hills, NE Nigeria.
www.mandaras.info/LakwasPots.html Cattini-Muller, S.,(2000). Responding to a need: developing literacy in a remote area of the Gwoza Hills in NE Nigeria.
www.mandaras.info/MandarasPublishing/RespondingToNeed.rtf Cattini-Muller, S.,(2004). A Different Way of Being. MA thesis on supply teaching in special schools
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