To the Hoppers Crossing person asking about writer's notebook - as I'm not a classroom teacher this year, but have moved to junior support, your proposal isn't possible but, if you email me firstname.lastname@example.org I can answer any questions you have and even give you a ring - seeing as you're just down the road! I taught in Werribee for 3 years and have great memories of the place and the people.
I work with such great teachers. My new job has me in and out of Prep, One and Two, so I get to see these great women at work, creating such brilliant learning environments for their kids. The teachers are all diverse in the way they create these rooms, but they are all so talented and dedicated and ever looking to improve.
I used to find that really hard, working with great teachers, 'cause everything that they were doing that I wasn't, was a sign of my own failure, but that's such a wrong way to look at things. Every teacher has their strengths and it's our diversity that makes us so valuable to our kids
Two weeks holiday - whoo hoo. Caught up with a lot of rellies. And a chance to do some site updating...
I wish I could remember the source of this, but I heard it at an inservice a couple of years ago:
Do we value too highly what we can measure,
because we don't know how to measure what we truly value?
In a world gone crazy with the use and abuse of statistics and data, I like to remember this - and keep my calm!
Just returned from a wonderful presentation. Paul Spence is an old friend that I'd lost contact with over the years and I really regret that - I'd forgotten what an amazing spirit he has. The way he spoke tonight - I won't try to comment because my words wouldn't do it justice. I just gave him a little arm hold at the end as a thanks. The night was for sacramental preparation and highly spiritual in content so I won't go into it here but it's given me plenty of food for thought as a person and lots of implications for my life as a teacher. One of the many things that's 'stuck' so far was that maybe we shouldn't be so worried about building children's self esteem and more concerned with building children's self respect. That brief sentence doesn't do the idea justice but it's what I want to write so I don't forget the idea and can think more about it later.
So the holidays have come to an end again. School starts officially for teachers on Tuesday 'though I've noticed that every teacher in our school has already set up their room!
After 5 years in 5/6 I'm getting a change again and I'm really excited about it. I won't have a class of my own but be working as a support teacher for the Preps, Ones and Twos. A new challenge - just what I needed.
The kids return on Thursday which I think is smart because they get 2 full days then a weekend to recover before they have to face a full week.
We've made the junior area look fantastic upstairs and I can't wait for the kids and their parents to see it. Will put up some photos when we've gotten rid of the piles of rubbish we've made setting things up!
Jenny, I can send you editable versions so you can fix the s/z problem. Email me which files you need email@example.com
This is not really going to be a blog; more a way to add random things, and to make questions and comments easier.
- Important to Know...
- Integrated Studies
- Classroom Set Up