Your worth as a teacher is not measured by how tired you are. It’s not measured by the number of projects you take on for the school. It’s not measured by that creeping feeling of desperation you feel as ‘report writing’ gears up. It’s not measured by how often you say yes to your principal, …

If you ask my mother-in-law (who is one of the loveliest people I know, but not a woman to mince words) Day Light Saving is a scourge on farming communities – particularly dairy farmers like her (before she retired). Not only does it take the cows a couple of days to get into the new …

Part of teaching is assessing. It’s not the best part – that is special morning tea day in the staffroom – but it’s an important part because without assessment neither you, nor your students, know where and how they’re improving. And for me the humble rubric is the champion of assessment tools. Let me tell …

Have you ever read the Australian Constitution? I know that sound ridiculous, and of course very few of us have, but it’s not actually as onerous as it’s contents page would lead you to believe. That said, I only really read it once I became a teacher, and I daresay that unless you teach Humanities …

When I was in my final year of uni (in 2006, if you must know) the Indonesian language program was cancelled at my campus. I was attending Monash University, Churchill, a country campus in Victoria an hour from my little country town. Years later, Asian Studies in Australian universities are still under threat, and I …

Nigerian School Kidnappings

As a parent, I can only imagine the pain and fear of hearing that your child and their classmates have been kidnapped from their school. As an educator, I can only imagine the uncertainly and fear associated with knowing that you, your colleagues, and students can’t ever feel truly safe. That this is a recurring …

If you’re a parent, grandparent, or guardian in Victoria about to tackle distance learning for – what is it now, the fourth time? – then I want to wish you luck. I’m right there with you. If you’re feeling a little trepidation right now, again I’m with. Honestly, keep having flash backs from last time. …

When I was doing my BEd we had a discussion one day about a journal reading in which the author envisioned everyone having access to information though electronic devices. Sound familiar?

B1 and B2 are doing NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) this week. I’m not a big fan of NAPLAN. I was in my second year of teaching when NAPLAN was introduced and I had my first cohort of Year 7s go through the process. At the time it was new to all …

If you are a mum, a step-mum, foster-mum, a grandmother, or a mother-figure, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I was certainly spoilt by my beautiful boys, who both made me a present, and my husband even though I’m not his mother (he sent his mum a gift too). This year I asked …