Three types of people baffle me. People who say they don’t have time to read, people who don’t like magic, and people who say they find history boring. 1. Always prioritise reading over housework, 2. Magic is literally the impossible made possible, and 3. How can the story of the world and everything in it …

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 …

There’s nothing like that feeling (is it pride, or accomplishment, or honest relief?) of looking out over a classroom engaged students. Sometimes that feeling can be all that gets you through the rest of the week without taking a mental health day, and staying home with Dr Phil and a tub of ice-cream. And of …

It’s fair to say that I am a big fan of digital learning, but parent and teacher concerns around screen time (and an excess there-of) are real and reasonable. There’s ample evidence that too much screen time can have negative impacts on young people. But, we also know that technology can have a huge benefit …

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 …

Who’s enjoying the school holidays? If you’re spending your school holidays in lockdown, then I do empathise. Living in Victoria, I’ve definitely been there. I know it’s a challenge. For us plenty of arts and craft, a healthy dose of MineCraft, a few movies, and a daily walk made a huge difference. I’m sure you’ll …

As our Northern Hemisphere colleagues turn their faces to the sun for the first time in months, we in the Southern Hemisphere slide deeper into Winter. I’ve been down and out with a bug for well over a week (not THE bug, so that’s something to be grateful for), submitting to the obligatory throat and …

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. …