See Prosser, B., McCallum, F., Milroy, P., Comber, B. & Nixon, H. (2008) ‘I am smart and I am not joking’: Aiming high in the middle years of schooling. Australian Educational Researcher , 35 (2), 15-36. lawyer vet marine biologist child psychologist interior designer/architect
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See Prosser, B., McCallum, F., Milroy, P., Comber, B. & Nixon, H. (2008) ‘I am smart and I am not joking’: Aiming high in the middle years of schooling. Australian Educational Researcher, 35 (2), 15-36.
teacher (little kids/ PE/English/Japanese)
zookeeper/park ranger/animal carer
radio/news reporter/ cameraman
army nurse/midwife/paramedic1. Imagined and hoped-for future trajectories
get a good education
get good marks
get good grades
study and work hard
stay at school
study hard in school and after school
study, study, study and help from the teachers
try my best in school and try my hardest
focus on school
pass Year 12
get my SACE
complete my SACE
concentrate on my work
concentrate with no distractions
don’t give up
study hard for tests
I need the help of teachers to help me reach my goals
I need someone to support me
I need help to keep me at school so I can get the grades and knowledge I need
I need support from family and friends
I need help from teachers, parents, and friends and myself
I need to be encouraged for this to happen
I need help from school
guidance someone to put you on the right track
my teachers and parents to help me achieve good grades
I need good teachers
I need help from the teachers from school because I need to learn about things
people to work with on proper subjects surrounding the areas
ask when I need help
controlling myself from stuffing around
Pleas for structural support from schools
My worse experience of all of my schooling years was year six. It was really bad because I had the wost teachers. Every week we would have a relief teacher about two or three times… …and we never did any work because all we ever did was read short stories and novels. All of my books were empty. And the year after that was my last year of primary school so I had a lot of catching up to do.
I feel bad about school. It’s boring because you don’t get to play much games at school. I don’t feel successful at school because I play up – I play up because I don’t want to do work – it’s boring. I struggle with the work. I get lots of help but I still find it hard.
My best experience in primary school was year 7! I learned lots, I even got better at maths. I was also in the graduation committee. At yr 7 graduation I won an award, it was the Aboriginal award. I even helped little ones in reception.
I was a Dance instructor at primary school & people’s parents came to me and had said that ‘My kid has came out of her/his shell thank you.’
Smyth, R., Hattam, R., Cannon, J., Edwards, J., Wilson, N. & Wurst, S. (2000). ‘Listen to me I’m leaving’: Early school leaving in South Australian secondary schools. Flinders Institute for the Study of Teaching; DETE SA; SSABSA: Published by University of South Australia.