Tag: Teacher Life

Depression, Anxiety and Teaching

I have a depression and anxiety disorder. In my history there is a pattern of depression, panic-attacks and self-harm that began when I was a teenager, but bloomed like a weed when I left high school. And, in my early years of teaching, I was neither diagnosed nor effectively treated for my disorder. I’m sure …

What Can We Expect From the New Year?

Happy New Year! Yes, we’ve made it to 2022. We may be exhausted tired a bit weary but we’re here.

How do Kids Leave School Not Being Able to Read?

Recently my eldest, B1, was diagnosed with dyslexia. His reading and writing has been something of a concern since he began primary school, and there hasn’t been a year that I haven’t gone in to the school to raise concerns with his teacher. Since he got his diagnoses I’ve joined some Facebook groups to support …

It’s Time to Remember Why You Became a Teacher, and it wasn’t to Burn-Out

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, …

You Want to Engage Your Students, Not Entertain Them – Fun and Engaging Aren’t the Same

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 …

School Holiday Fun

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 …

How Teachers Can Tackle Winter Coughs and Colds

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 …

Teaching Humanities

When I began my teachers’ degree my intention was to become an Indonesian and English teacher. Thanks to some dodgy advice from the admin staff that enrolled me (just pick any subjects, you can always change them later), I ended up as a Indonesian and Humanities teacher, and I’m thankful I did because I honestly …

NAPLAN

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 …

The Learning Pit

I had never heard of the Learning Pit until my eldest son started primary school, but I like it. As teachers, educators, and parents we both see the children in our lives enter the learning Pit (or refuse to enter) and come out the other side, and we experience the learning Pit ourselves.

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