Limping to the finish line…

Only a few days left of the term and I feel like I can hardly make it. The hours I’m keeping aren’t helping, so I’m tired as anything… but the energy level and enthusiasm is hardly there either. There’s just too much not happening, too many things not happening how I’d like them, and too ...

Blackout!

A pretty routine work day got a bit odd at about 2pm when the power suddenly went out. Not that weird in itself, but basically, it didn’t come back. We checked the fuses, I checked at home, found the whole town was out, so that was that. I ended up going home at 3.30, but ...

Winners and losers

This whole drugs in sport thing just got a little more nuts, with the Cronulla Sharks suspending their coach and sacking four officials, two days before their first game. No idea if player suspensions will follow, but it seems likely. I didn’t make the Google Teacher Academy cut at all, and neither did most people ...

The difficult leap to BYOD

The difficult leap to BYOD
Had a great time at the Matron’s Ball in town last night (as you could see from the previous post), but there was an interesting revelation I had when I was out. A lot of the teachers at my school were there as well, and unsurprisingly they all had phones out, taking pics, comparing pics, ...

Getting help after you’ve given help

Nice thing happened today — as I mentioned yesterday I’m putting together a little video for my application to the Google Certified Teacher program. I decided it had to ben done in the media publications class, which is after all where I do my most directly “teacherly” work. And the class were so good about ...

Things that drove me nuts today…

Two things, this news piece: Call to let children hunt in NSW national parks As if the “let anyone shoot in parks from March” thing isn’t bad enough, this is just insane, sorry. Are we just handing ourselves over to an American-style gun lobby or what? It really seems like people will be killed with ...

One of those days…

I’d been having a pretty good day today. Students at swimming carnival, quiet all round, plenty of chance to get things done. Then you get some crazy work crap happen and it all goes to hell. It seems to have sorted itself out now, but I’ll just say that yes, it was reported fairly widely, ...

Three years today

I realised it’s my third work anniversary today. Three years to the day since I started working at Coonabarabran High School. It’s the longest lasting full time job I’ve ever had. (Let that one sink in). And I’m not bored at all. I don’t want “a change”. I don’t feel the need to leave any ...

My son’s BYOD for the new school year 2

My son's BYOD for the new school year
For the uninitiated, that’s “Bring Your Own Device”. A quick explanation of Will’s circumstance — lots of identified medical problems, including what can loosely be described as “motor dyspraxia”, that is, a severe problem with fine motor skills. Handwriting has always been very difficult for him, even though expression has not. We decided this year ...

Finishing things to start new things

Finished a TAFE assignment today that was a long time coming. I’d had an extension on it as well (which I was grateful for) but it had been bugging me for weeks. There seemed to be such a disproportionate amount of work in the last two unit s as well, for some reason. Drove me ...
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