Breakdown central

Another neurotic work day. A power failure in the morning, 18 new PCs arrived in the front office, remote logins to the server don’t work, and multiple student computer issues. Ha ha. Pretty much just how it is! Hopefully tomorrow should be a bit light… I want to finish that Google Teacher Academy Teacher video. ...

Oscar night 2013

Oscar night 2013
Well just for a change, instead of waiting it out for the evening broadcast/repeat broadcast of the Oscars here this year, I dropped the kids home at 3pm and found it was live on TV here (which it usually isn’t), so I just watched the rest of it live. That’s all the stuff that won’t ...

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 ...

Professional Development

Unsurprisingly, I am looking at whatever I can to stay relevant in my job and improve my chances of more work now and in the future. There’s a few different routes I’m taking. I just completed a TAFE course at the end of last year and got the certificate today. Known very generically as “Certificate ...

The pressure to be stupid

I think the overwhelming pressure in society now (and maybe always, I can’t always decide), is to be stupid. Be an idiot. Society wants you to be a mindless consumer, to read stupid shit newspapers, watch stupid shit on TV and either think nothing about the things that matter, or just parrot the stupid shit ...

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 ...

My boys the gamers

My boys the gamers
I’ve been waiting for this since Will was born, to be honest… My boys seem to have sort of suddenly become avid gamers. Alex and Lachie especially have been playing iPad games for a little while now, but it’s really finally clicked for Will just this year. It was definitely after he saw Wreck-it Ralph, ...

Happy Valentines Day :)

Happy Valentines Day 🙂, a photo by StephenATurner on Flickr. What can I say, it’s one of those days where you don’t want to rub it in the nose of people who don’t have it. Let’s just say I was happy to spend it with my wife, and leave it at that 🙂 Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailLike ...

A weeks’ progress

My writing is going surprisingly well. Last Monday night I just decided to start properly, and haven’t yet stopped. Part of the process will be knowing that I’ll have an off day eventually, but even then it has to be about keeping up with things and pushing through till then end of it (again). I ...
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