• End of the year,  Teaching Tips

    ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS!

    I can’t believe that it is that time of the year once again! Time to organise Christmas craft, to wind down, get things organised… It’s always hard to do this with hard and hands on activities that require the majority of your attention as a teacher. I must admit as a teacher myself… it’s hard! All you want is for your students to be engaged and settled, while you pack up your classroom… get things organised for next year and also complete things that you need to for the end of the year. Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets soooo stressed. Sometimes stressed enough to the…

  • Teaching Tips

    MIA… Happens to the best of us

    Missing In Action, this seems like such a relevant title as I have not posted in a very long time. Life as a teacher is just always so hectic! You are always busy, running around like a chicken without its head 😀 well… that’s what my life has seemed to be like over this past year.   I have missed posting about all the wonderful things my students are getting up to and everything I have been doing. I have still been creating and adding to my Teachers Pay Teacher store, so you may have seen a few cool things there that I have done. If you follow my Instagram…

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    Passion or Pay?

    So many people always ask… so do you love your job? Or does it just pay well? How do teachers do it? At first, I found these questions extremely confusing… who on Earth thinks that teaching pays well? haha But seriously… I find it extremely concerning that sometimes people are in their jobs for the wrong reasons. Teaching is one of those jobs that if you just aren’t passionate about what you are doing, it makes it extremely hard to do your job and do it properly. So, I guess the question now is… how do you know if you are passionate about teaching?   Here are some ways you…

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    Beginning a new term

    I have been thinking a lot about this over the last couple of days… how am I going to begin my term? What do I want to focus on? What is going to be best for my students starting of this new term? I want to start the term off super positive and create a safe supportive learning environment. SO I have been doing a little bit of research about different ways I could achieve this.   These are some ideas that came out of this:   Create a strong classroom community! I already started building this last term, focusing on the students making connections and relationships with myself and…

  • Holiday Fever

    Take a break… You deserve it!!

    YAY it’s holiday time again!! WOOO!! I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to get some rest and recover to start next term fresh. However over this time take some time for yourself, take a break… WE DESERVE IT!   For me, term 1 was absolutely crazy and hectic… I constantly felt like I was behind and not on top or ahead. I was always prepared for the day, but I felt that I could have been way more on top of things than I was. But this is okay! It happens to the best of us. If I have learnt anything from this experience, it…

  • Teaching Tips,  Units of work!

    Sailing the oceans… looking at the First Fleet

    HISTORY! I love teaching history and watching my little students faces scrunch up, thinking and wondering about why people in the past did certain things or why certain things occurred. I love having these conversations with them, answering their questions or researching these questions together! I strongly believe though that teaching areas, like history, should be inquiry based and lead by student wondering and questioning, as well as teacher led. SO I decided to write a quick little post about what I am doing with my students, what they are learning and how I am fostering the wonder of questions, creating powerful learning in the classroom! Feel free to take…

  • Teaching Methods

    Growth Mindset

    This concept of a growth mindset was first introduced to us when we worked in a before and after school care. We both loved this concept and felt it would be an important addition to our classrooms! The idea behind a the growth mindset theory is that sometimes people think in the way as described as a fixed mindset.   People get stuck in the thoughts of: – This is what I am good at – I’m just not good at this – My brain isn’t capable of learning information like this – I just get this kind of learning   However, the learning around having a growth mindset describes…

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    Engaging with parents

    Engaging with parents… I know this sometimes can seem like a really hard thing to do as parents are either extremely busy, or us ourselves as teachers have soooo many other things on our minds that this just slips by. However engaging with students parents and allowing them to be a part of the classroom and their child’s learning is extremely important! At the school I currently teach at, we try our very best to provide opportunities for parents to come in and be a part of our school and their child’s learning. We hold community events, host information sessions around what their children will be learning for the year…

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    Be the reason… Make a change…

    My friend tagged me in this on Facebook today and it really got my thinking… Just showing up to work, having a conversation with someone and having a joke around with them can really change their day and their outlook! I feel like this is so important as not everyone has someone to go home to… So leaving work from having a shitty day can be super hard sometimes because all you want to do is go home and cry, suffer in your own self pity. But having amazing people in your life, especially in your work place, can make all the difference!   So let’s band together… let’s make…