Mrs A's Blog

My Rambling Thoughts on Teaching and Learning

Tick Tok Tick Tok

Time… Tick tok tick tok… As educators we seem to always complain that we don’t have enough of it.  Between marking, planning, teaching, administrative work, tutorials, duty, parent meetings, co-curricular, phone calls, meetings, email, observations, professional development… Times 6 (or the number of academic classes you have!) Tick tok tick tok… I often hear the […]

#FutureSchools Day 3

After 3 days of conference, my brain reached capacity today!  It was day two of the Future Schools Future Leaders Conference.  (If you want to read, my ramblings from day 1 click HERE) There were a number of ideas that I connected with… Pedagogy before technology – always! Fitness coach instead of a HPE class Teachers […]

#FutureSchools Day 2

I often walk away from conferences exhausted.  My brain is full, ideas are slowly forming, and I usually have a long list of things I want to try or at least research a bit further.  I wonder if this is how kids feel at the end of the school day.  Exhausted, brain full and a […]

#FutureSchools Day 1

Today was a whole day master class in Teaching Kids to Code.  I have dabbled in code in the past.  Tried scratch, tried Bits Box, tried various iPad apps, learn to code sites and it just never seemed to make sense.  I find drag and drop programming frustrating partly I think because I lose track […]

Personalised Pathways Take 1

2016 was a difficult year. It was one where I have questioned myself on a number of levels including professionally.  I have doubted my abilities, and even my career path.  I have wondered if after 12 years in the classroom that perhaps it was time to leave.  The pressure and the stress got to me. […]

It’s Time to be Cyber Savvy Citizens…

I am often asked how does one keep up with the pace of the online world and make sure that I really am safe online.  Reality is – no one can.  Every other day we hear a story in the news about another cyber issue we need to keep ourselves and our kids safe from.  […]

Learners and Learning

Last year I was at a two day workshop looking at the future of education…  One of the first series of questions looked at… Who are you as a learner? What is learning? How do you learn? Define it… This is was my rough as guts response…. Learning is the acquiring of new knowledge or […]

Department of Me…

Due to a restructure for a part of 2015 I have been a department of ONE (and a bit).  This last 15 weeks has really taught me a lot. I have to admit I do like to say “yes” when someone wants me to help them.  I feel it is part of my job.  As an […]

New Learnings…

I haven’t updated my blog for a while.  The main reason – I’ve been extremely busy.  My teaching partner (HOD) has been on long service leave for the last term which has left me “in charge” of the department.  As a result I was managing more than myself.  I realised that we have gotten into […]

The Great Debate – Windows 8

Apologies for such a long time between posts.  2014 took off with such a cracking pace that its the Easter holidays already… This year has seen the introduction of Windows 8 and Office 2013 at work.  When Windows 7 came along everyone was excited to see a new operating system that just seemed easy to […]