July 28th, 2012
Birds as a flock, remind me of the way my students work together, collaboratively to do their very best. Watching birds in flight… the freedom, makes me think about what my year 12 students will soon feel… post HSC exams! 

Birds as a flock, remind me of the way my students work together, collaboratively to do their very best. Watching birds in flight… the freedom, makes me think about what my year 12 students will soon feel… post HSC exams! 

April 8th, 2012

It’s been a while.

Haven’t been the best blogger at this site. Guess I’ve been busy keeping my other blogs up to date. Promise to blog soon. Now that school holidays have arrived…

Happy Easter!

September 7th, 2011

I curated this scoop.it for a presentation I delivered yesterday, at an inservice for teachers new to leadership roles in education.

July 11th, 2011
Thanks to a really talented teacher in my PLN - Chris Betcher for the graphic. Looking forward to using Google+ to broaden my PLN.

Thanks to a really talented teacher in my PLN - Chris Betcher for the graphic. Looking forward to using Google+ to broaden my PLN.

June 25th, 2011
June 24th, 2011

Pre Service / Practicum Teachers are fabulous!

I have lost my voice. It has happened each winter for the past three years. Anyway, I went to work yesterday, strained voice and all, hoping that by some miracle, the 35 minute drive to work would create some magical healing. Alas, that was not to be the case. I turned up for the technology meeting, then came to that awful realisation that I really wouldn’t last the whole day with the little voice that I had. 

Well - I already have a practicum student who was already going to teach two classes and I had two other senior classes that day (I figured I could teach two and I would be okay) but my colleague’s prac student offered to teach my classes (with my supervision)

I was so incredibly touched by this wonderful gesture. Here is a young guy, his practicum, offering to teach the Head of Dept’s two senior classes! I was so impressed by his willingness to help out.

He took the lessons that I had prepared and he taught them magnificently! I was really very pleased. 

I post this because sometimes I think that we underestimate the potential of preservice or practicum teachers. We think that because they are new to the profession, that we can’t let them near our top classes - but her was a scenario where it worked. 

I am not going to work today but I have set my classes so that my prac students can teach my classes under the supervision of someone else. I figured that giving them an opportunity to excel and showing them that I have confidence in their ability and value their contribution to our department is just fantastic!

June 16th, 2011

Finish this sentence please...

  • The way that I use technology to enhance teaching and learning in my classroom is...
June 9th, 2011

Student art work serves a dual purpose

I have this great student in my English class who is a really talented artist. Today I became the proud recipient of some of her photography. I got them laminated and will display some of them in my classroom. Some of them I will use to inspire creative writing with my classes. 

June 8th, 2011

This film is from the creators of The Invisible Gorilla. Great metaphor for seeing and not seeing the obvious. A great metaphor for teachers, it was shown to me at a conference I attended. It got some really positive reviews. 

I hope that you enjoy it. I’m going to buy the book and will be sure to share some of my thoughts. 

Winter is here but the classroom is inspiring!

Temperatures dropped in Sydney this week. It is now incredibly chilly out in the playground, which makes the classroom is a real haven for students. The heater creates a warmth and ambience, a refuge from the icy winds that have hit our city. 

I am really proud of some of my students work. I have got some of my student’s photography laminated and will put them on display in the classroom tomorrow. The ambience created by the art on the walls, student writing on display - just creates a lovely place to be, shielded from the cold harsh winds outside the classroom!