Teaching Travails

The Five-Step Plan

The Five-Step Plan every educator needs Dear Graduate Teacher, Congratulations on your first teaching job! Double-congratulations for making it through the hardest part - the start. You've survived the first term and are now catching up on sleep in your school holidays. WOOHOO!! How's your lesson-planning going? Your assessments and reports? Parent-teacher interviews? Your portfolio… Continue reading The Five-Step Plan

Teaching Travails

Human Being

Our teachers' union. For most teachers, Education Support (ES), assistant principals and principals, Term 2 sees a peak in workload. The pressures of report-writing and related activities are part of this already-excessive burden.  So begins the email from the Australian Education Education, ever battling the state government to make conditions for teachers better. I don't… Continue reading Human Being

Mindful Musings, Teaching Travails

Writing Tools

Professional people do a lot of professional development. Depending on the event it's often at a swanky hotel or function centre, with swanky food and a plethora of monogrammed notepaper and pens. Over the years I have built up a store of writing pads and writing implements from such events. Covid-19 lockdowns brought a sudden… Continue reading Writing Tools

Teaching Travails

Great Moments in Teaching – Confession 1

Warning: this post contains bad language. ... or should that say “bad language teaching”? In every teacher’s career there are times when the unexpected happens, when something occurs in the class that is not planned, which the teacher - ostensibly in control of the class - must address with a minimum of fuss and a… Continue reading Great Moments in Teaching – Confession 1