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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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Carrot or Stick? March 4, 2010

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Great image from sutherlandsoapbox blog on manipulation. Ties in with what we’re doing in PPLE right now looking at Alfie Kohn