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Having Passion

I had the privilege last weekend of attending a school reunion, not mine, but my brother’s. It wasn’t a school year, as such, that was being celebrated but rather the year that two new, young teachers started at the school and decided it would be a good idea to put on a musical production – The Pirates of Penzance. It was such a huge success that the next year they did it again with HMS Pinafore. There were several things that were remarkable about this evening, the most obvious being the passage of time since that eventful first year – fifty years! Continue reading

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Move to learn

‘Bula’ is the friendly greeting you receive everywhere in Fiji. I have just spent an amazing week there attending a Move to Learn conference (www.movetolearn.com.au). It was a blissful week of learning, networking with like-minded individuals, dancing, putting the ‘Move to Learn’ program into practice at a local school with the remedial class, going to a village to enjoy traditional dancing, and all the while immersed in the laid-back lifestyle of Fiji. While phone and email were available, it was not particularly convenient so for a whole week you could be cut off from your world, if you chose. I did and it was extraordinarily refreshing. I found myself surviving on remarkably little sleep, getting up early for a brisk walk involving lots of hills, and still survived to tell the tale. The Fijian food and lifestyle are truly beguiling. Continue reading

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Finding Your Purpose

We hear a lot today about the importance of having a purpose. This puts pressure on people to aspire to noble and mighty causes, about which they may not actually feel truly inspired. It’s important to keep it all in perspective. Not everyone can be a Mother Teresa or a Nelson Mandela and that doesn’t make your purpose, for want of a better word, any less noble. Continue reading

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Whose life have you touched today?

“When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighbourhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Dr Seuss

I think Dr Seuss is one of those authors you either love or loathe, but either way, he has been enormously influential. Whatever it takes to get kids interested in reading is the way to go, irrespective of our own personal preferences. I was particularly interested to read the following article because it reminded me of a relief class (year 1) I taught years ago. I was told that it was a particularly difficult class, all of whom had poor concentration, and that I should come prepared. So I did. In my usual fashion I brought along all my props – the CD’s and some of the equipment I use in kidz-fiz-biz – but also brought along my “Cat in the Hat” hat and I was wearing my over sized T-shirt of the same name. I also wore an enormous knitted and brightly colored coat. I told the children I had ‘tricks up my sleeve’ which kept the agog all day. I read them the story of the Cat in the Hat on a rainy day while wearing my hat and T-shirt to ‘set the scene’, after which they had to write their own story of what they would like to do on a rainy day. Sometimes we need ‘over the top’ props to get through and I was very grateful for my Dr Seuss books and pops. It was an enormously successful day. They weren’t demons at all, just curious 6 year-olds. Continue reading

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Babies and Early Childhood Development

I don’t know whether or not you’ve seen the current movie ‘Babies’. If not, I recommend it because there are lots of lessons in there for us all. It’s only short – I think 1 hour 20 minutes – and has no narration so is almost a silent movie observing babies. You might think this would be as exciting as watching grass grow, but surprisingly it is beguiling and intriguing and absolutely adorable. If you can survive the first five minutes, you’re hooked. David Stratton gave it 3 stars I think, from memory, Margaret Pomeranz gave it 4 stars. It is getting rave reviews worldwide. Continue reading

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Tidy Kids ~ Is this an Oxymoron?

I’m probably preaching to the converted here, since most of the readers are teachers or those in the childcare industry with lots of practices in place to ensure that tidying up is never an issue. On the off-chance, however, that you still struggle in this area and would like a few more tips, here is my take on the whole issue. Continue reading

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