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Know Me! Know You! was a blog I created to role model to teachers, particular secondary school English and literacy teachers. It was intended to demonstrate to these teachers how literacy could be improved/taught by having students engage with topics that connected to the world they live in; that would be of interest or value to them as human beings living in the 21st century. I have taken the original site down now.

Alan is the administrator and developer of Know Me! Know You! For the last 17 years he has taken a particular interest in instructional strategies that blend computer technologies and traditional approaches to teaching with the ways young people learn and communicate in this 21st century.
“If educators can locate the skills that they want students to develop within big picture contexts, then students will more readily engage with the learning. They will see the learning as relevant to them. They will know why developing those skills is important for them personally. They will naturally direct their own learning. Technology connects students to people with whom they would otherwise have no opportunity to interact. Dialogue between students and expert individuals, who bring their first hand experiences into the classroom, is powerful. It can change the way young people think. It can touch their heart. It can motivate them to step forward and do something to make the world a better place. This is this kind of learning that really can really make a difference!”

Bazgha is Senior Technical Advisor for Education with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Kabul, Afghanistan. She also supports a national non-governmental organization (NGO) in Pakistan in an advisory capacity for their education and child protection initiative. Bazgha has worked with U.N.E.S.C.O. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in Islamabad, Pakistan, as the National Expert for ICT in Education. Her work has a special focus on the goals of the Education for All movement and in particular on equality of education opportunities for girls.

David is one of our two Blog literacy coaches. He is an Assistant Principal and English teacher at Alkira Secondary College, who has a passion for all things grammatical! As one of our two blog literacy coaches, David’s role is to assist students to improve the quality of their posts and comments. His particular focus is punctuation, spelling and sentence structure.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher and in that sense I am, “Living the Dream”. The earliest I can remember wanting to be a teacher was when I was in grade five and that is all I ever I wanted to be. I like the idea that I can live my life – as a teacher you spend many hours at work – helping people. The thing I am passionate about the most is students making the most of what they have. In year ten I won a scholarship to be a teacher and here I am. For thirty years I have been teaching English to secondary school students and in that time I have learned a great deal more than I have taught. When I started I do not think I had the knowledge of grammar that I do now. What I really want to do is share the knowledge. I didn’t learn all this to keep it to myself! I want to help people in the construction of their Blog posts.”

Kristine is an English teacher who strongly believes in the importance of increasing student awareness of global issues. In December 2012, she will be going to study at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel. “An event like the holocaust is just one dark mark on our world history – it is important to be aware of what has happened so that we can ensure things like this never repeat themselves.”
“Sometimes we get caught up in the everyday dramas that surround us in our immediate world; we forget that there is a bigger picture out there. It is important that we are all global citizens and we need to ensure that we educate in a ‘worldly way’. Teachers can do much to broaden students’ thinking beyond the local; to help them realise that every individual has a voice and has the power to make change.”

Lin is one of our student authors. She sees herself as just an ordinary teenager who has a strong desire to better understand other cultures and to help her peers do the same. “Compared to people in many foreign countries, we live sheltered, protected lives and are mostly not well informed about the circumstances that other people have to live under. I believe we all need to have our eyes opened to what life is like for people living in third world countries.
The fact that Lin loves writing goes well with her desire to express herself and being given the opportunity to author posts on this blog is a new experience that she hopes she’ll enjoy. She also likes the Avengers, because she thinks superheroes are cool.

Megan is a D.S.E. authorised wildlife carer. She is affiliated with Wild Days Wildlife Shelter (Narre Warren, Victoria), is a member of A.W.A.R.E. and is one of the frontline volunteer wildlife rescuers who are called upon by Wildlife Victoria to respond to over 60,000 emergency calls that are received each year. This work involves the rescue, transportation, care and eventual release of injured & orphaned wildlife.
“Becoming a wildlife carer was a logical step once I became aware of the plight of our local species. Without carers, there would be few rehabilitation facilities to provide needed care for injured wildlife. When an animal is suffering, it is very satisfying to be able to do something to help. It is important for all of us to be aware of the animals that live around us so that we will better understand how what we do impacts upon them.”

Najeeb is Senior Finance Manager for Community Based Education Project with the International Rescue Committee in Kabul, Afghanistan. He has held this position since 2008. Prior to this he spent three years with Afghanaid, which is an International NGO (non-government organisation). He has wide experience working in different provinces of Afghanistan supporting community development including Agriculture, Women’s Education and pilot projects to improve living standards for women such as tailoring, handicraft and PCOs. He also works as a volunteer polio vaccination awareness programs.
“I believe we must work for the improvement of women and children’s living standards, providing them with healthy and safe environment and with education opportunities. It is my dream to support mothers and children, work for their safety and health, and empower them to improve their living standards.”

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