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Going Public March 18, 2010

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As of today, I’m releasing this Blog to the public, joining a long line of aspiring and inspiring educators who have already taken this courageous step. 

I’ve still got a lot to learn about Blogging and particularly about my chosen career in education. But what I find great about the blogosphere is the sharing and building together of new ideas and experiences. We all deserve the right to remain critical and skeptical of others’ attempts to make sense of the world, but at the end of the day, commenting on others’ blogs is an entirely constructive endeavour because we’re helping each other to reach higher levels of understanding. 

So, bearing all that in mind, please feel warmly invited to comment on any of my thoughts concerning both my own teaching and this wonderful profession as a whole. Hopefully every now and then I’ll say something that is of use to you, and I sure am looking forward to learning from and with you as well.


First Day at School March 18, 2010

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So… I had my first observation day at school this week. My first step inside a primary/high school classroom for 14 years!

Despite hoping to teach college or at least Year 9/10 Indonesian, I ended up with Year 6/7 classes. To some extent, the image below captures my day. Beforehand, I was worried that I had lost some of my speaking proficiency in the language, but quickly learned that I needed fast-tracked proficiency in another language altogether – classroom management!!!

That said, I came away from the day totally and utterly inspired!!! I suddenly felt that as a teacher I could really do something with the energy, excitability and uniqueness that all of these wonderful kids had beaming out of them. I can’t wait to get to know them all better and I can’t wait to get out there in front of the classroom myself!

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