Tag: Teacher Life

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.

Gentle Love

My kids went back to school on Friday. I miss them and I’m not rapt with all the extra tension going back to school brings. It’s not just getting bags packed and luck boxes sorted. In fact, that’s fine by me. It’s more the emotional stuff. I hate it when we’re half way to school …

Once a Teacher, Always a Teacher

It’s fair to say that I fell into teaching. From 8 to 18 I had my sights firmly set on being a dentist. Even in my fourth year of my BEd, I wasn’t sure if teaching was right for me. In many ways, it was – I loved my students and the structure of teaching …

Going Back to School Today…Or Locked Down?