Lauren Cook



Member since
27/03/2012

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to teach. From the beginning of her career in 2001, she strove to understand what was at the basis of good teaching and learning.

Lauren spent many of her early years of teaching in brand new schools, where the exploration of best practice was at the forefront. Lauren undertook a variety of leadership roles from curriculum to professional learning to student management. She also joined the Faculty of Education at Deakin University to work with pre-service teachers.

In 2010, Lauren became an Assistant Principal, but missed her role in the classroom. She now wants to focus more on teaching and learning, and contributing to developing professional networks of teachers committed to best practice.

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Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Peggy Chandler on 19/12/2017

The course was very good in expanding my tool box of classroom management strategies. It also made me think about the way students learned, and how to help students with diverse learning needs. It was well structured and easy to follow, and Lauren was always accessible if I needed further assistance.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Karen Eykelenkamp on 24/11/2017

This course had an overwhelming amount of information and data on the subject that was easily deciphered and understood with the use of graphs and diagrams. The supplied lessons on power point were excellent to be used in any classroom for geography, science, environmental sciences etc.

Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom
by Patricia Merz on 21/11/2017

I enjoyed this course very much, and found it immediately useful. It helped to inspire my senior students, who have been connecting to their creative writing much more. The activities were classroom friendly, and the estimated time to complete the activities was fairly accurate.

Making Students enthusiastic and Critical Readers
by Alana Miller on 18/10/2017

I enjoyed the course. I found it meaningful and practical in terms of developing strategies and making effective resources for my classroom.

Making Students enthusiastic and Critical Readers
by Jacinta Ebbott on 13/10/2017

I really enjoyed this course.

I enjoyed the activities provided in this course as they had me thinking outside of my comfort zone and stretched my thinking about reading and how it can be used in the classroom. There were plenty of great takeaways and I will continue to implement them into the future.

The readings for this course were great and I really enjoyed the information and ideas they provided.

Making Students enthusiastic and Critical Readers
by Jonathan Hunter on 28/09/2017

Engaging course, lots of useful resources.

Step by step process, fairly easy to navigate and use.

Making Students enthusiastic and Critical Readers
by Melinda Storey on 28/09/2017

The course was very informative with fantastic samples of activities that can be used to engage students to read, and importantly to read for meaning.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Svetlana Gibb on 16/08/2017

This course was great in respect to sharing ideas and gaining awareness of student management practices. Reading other teachers' experiences was very informative and made me feel that I wasn’t alone with overall school or classroom management issues. I very much enjoyed the content of this course and the practical activities.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Sarah Thompson on 14/08/2017

A fantastic course. Very interesting. Has help d me a lot with my teaching

Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom
by Heidi Gerberich on 13/06/2017

This course was exactly what I was led to believe. I was engaged, challenged and inspired in many different ways to use writing as a tool to propel my students into deeper learning. I took away many new ideas and a whole unit of work, which I am excited to implement!

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Andrew Shumack on 02/02/2017

A worthwhile course to do especially as school staff together so we can collaborate and be on the “same page” in a whole school approach to class room management / discipline policies.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Janella PAGE on 02/02/2017

I found the course to be very informative, and it reinforced the fact that I actually was providing a positive learning environment for my students – when I took the time to analyse and reflect on it.

However, if you work in a more diverse environment from the normal classroom as I do BYETC, it didn’t provide an array of alternate strategies that I wasn’t already implementing – I needed ideas that were ‘out of the box’!!!

Making Students enthusiastic and Critical Readers
by Karly Lazarou on 30/01/2017

Thank you for a well-designed course that was both informative and productive – I have walked away with a variety of readings to share with others but also some great resources I’ve created throughout my interactions with each module. I think the workload was balanced but challenging at the same time and I’ve walked away excited with some fresh ideas for bringing some enthusiasm about reading back to my students. I can’t say there was anything that was irrelevant or didn’t really work or needs improvement. I look forward to more courses by Lauren Cook!

Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom
by jane dwyer on 30/01/2017

The course was well structured and shared some creative and new ideas. The feedback was positive. I found the communication regarding the completion of the course was disappointing last year. I look forward to implementing more creative and varied writing in all classes this year.

Creating Student Management Practices that Work
by Jessica Withers on 30/01/2017

A well organised and developed course that provided practical skills and the inclusion of personal expertise and experience of the presenter was easy to implement into everyday teaching practice. The course excelled at encouraging personal reflection and gave me the confidence to implement changes within my challenging classrooms.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Kate Ralph on 24/01/2017

The resources were relevant and case studies provided interesting scenarios.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Elyse O'Connor on 13/01/2017

Insightful course. Lots to think about.

Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom
by Samantha Hill on 06/12/2016

This course was both enjoyable and valuable in that in changed the way that I think about and teach writing to all of my classes. I have adopted several of the strategies in all of my classes. Our school is currently writing new programs for years 7 to 10 in English and following my suggestions, we have been able to embed several of the ideas and strategies into the program for every year.

Creating a Culture of Writing in your Classroom
by Miriam Iuricich on 02/11/2016

I really thought the course was well structured and had a clear logical flow. I like the way that there was a balance between professional reading and discussion forum and practical application of ideas. Apart from the discussion boards it might be good to organise a video chat with the participants at some point during the course. That would open discussion rather than reply-response of the current format.

Creating Student Management Practices that work!
by Geoffrey Xeros on 11/05/2016
Enjoyed going through this course and thinking through welfare procedures for students within our school. It was helpful to make some processes explicit.