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VU at Home with Ellyse Gamble

Ellyse Gamble

Western Bulldogs AFLW Player

Bachelor of Education (P-12)

Ellyse Gamble

Hey guys, Ellyse Gamble here from the Western Bulldogs. I hope you're doing well during this challenging time, looking after each other, staying connected and doing the right thing, staying at home, isolating to help stop the spread of this virus.

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Who do you live with?

Ellyse Gamble

So, at home I live with fellow teammate, Kirsty Lamb. We've been living together for the past nearly three years since I first moved over from Tasmania. So at Lambs & Gambs. This is her because she's behind the camera right now. So, at home we have two goldfish, so their names are Cookies and Cream. So, this one's Cream here, and Cookies is down the back if he pops out. And teammates, Ellie Blackburn and Deanna Berry got them for us for a housewarming present.

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What is your study set up?

Ellyse Gamble

This is my study setup at home. I study here on our island bench in the kitchen. I move everything off of it so I can just spread out and have heaps of space. I normally work in the library over the bar on the big benches at VU. So, I try and reflect that.

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What are you currently studying?

Ellyse Gamble

I'm currently in my third year of a bachelor of education with VU. I chose to start this course because I've always been really passionate about working with young people and helping them achieve their potential. I also just really enjoy the school community and the career ... That teaching is ... How it is quite, quite challenging, but it's very rewarding at the same time.

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What does the digital delivery look like?

Ellyse Gamble

So, whilst my football and work commitments are currently on hold during this period, one of the positives about being in isolation is being able to focus a lot more on my studies. They have allowed me to continue on my studies by moving everything online. We now have three, three hour online classes with our teacher a week.

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Why do you like block mode?

Ellyse Gamble

Some benefits in studying in block mode while in isolation is that we have relatively small classes so it makes it quite easy still to communicate with your teacher and your fellow classmates. Another benefit is that it is even more flexible so you can have that little bit of an extra sleeping in the morning if you have morning classes like I do and just wear your comfiest clothes at home.

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Ellyse’s tips for studying

Ellyse Gamble

Some tips I have for studying from home and making sure you keep your mind and body active is to make sure you take regular breaks, get outside as much as possible and get some fresh air because it really helps with concentration when you then do come back to have another study block. What I like to do is start my day off with a walk in the morning, and then I'll have to break my day up again in the early afternoon and go for a run or a bike ride or something.

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Have you completed a placement?

Ellyse Gamble

Last year I had my first teaching placement. I went to a primary school and joined a year four classroom. I absolutely loved my time there and had a really positive experience. My favourite thing about it was probably the relationships that you build with your students and everyone in the school community. At the end of my placement I really got to experience the rewarding feeling that a career in teaching provides. On the last day, my students threw me a surprise going away party, and it was amazing. They all brought in a plate of food and gave me some little presents and just made it a really exciting afternoon. They also went to so much effort to make me their own little thank you card filled with so many colourful pictures and thank you messages. These are some of the Bulldogs inspired cards that I had from some Bulldog supporters in my class.