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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…

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    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…

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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…

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    Working from home: Creating a Pinterest worthy (yet practical) home office.

    Β If I had a dollar for every time someone say “Teachers have it soooo good, your job is 9-3pm” we would all be rich!   As I explain in my post “Top 10 things I wish I’d know as a first-year teacher”Β a teachers hours are not constrained to the school hours of 9am to 3pm, in fact there are many MANY hours put in at home.   Taking work home can mean that you can split your time spent marking, data tracking or planning at school, and do some in the comfort of your own home (in your comfiest pjs perhaps with a bowl of delicious ice cream too!) Having…

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    5 handy dandy relief teaching tips

    Special request blog created by an amazing teacher from the perspective of being a relief teacher!   Being a relief teacher is hard, we commend anyone who does it. It’s a tough gig, but it can also be lots of fun! I (Georgia) spent the majority of Term 4 of 2017 as a relief teacher. I moved around A LOT throughout the school, sometimes through many different year levels in the one day. I found this to be very exciting as I could get a taste for all the different year levels, working out which ones I liked best haha. But I also found it extremely difficult as I had…