Why my mum is stronger than me.

On the 13th of November my mum had her left leg amputated. Prior to that 2020 had already thrown us so many curveballs that I almost wasn’t surprised. I should also mention that it was Friday the 13th when she had her leg amputated. It also saved her life. It gave her life. ( When…

Thoughts from a teacher – Tuesday edition

I love my job. My students are amazing and ever so complex and I work with some amazing teachers who inspire me everyday. That being said, here are some of the thoughts that have gone through my head today and I’ve only had one class. (Inspired by the #BFC630 English chat on twitter that I…

Never Ending To Do Lists

I write many to do lists. In fact, I write them every day and every day I get some kind of weird pleasure when I cross everything off. The thing is, however, that I never finish the list. I don’t know if it is a teacher thing or a me thing – though sometimes they…

Giving Students Choices

At school we are working on Teaching as Inquiry with each teacher looking at their teaching and choosing an area to focus on.   TKI Teaching As Inquiry (Where I sourced the above image and more information) The basic idea is that we identify the outcomes we want for our students and then we look at…

The One When I Had a Sick Day

Note: This is just a quick blog so I don’t fall behind. Next week will be a better post. Sorry for not blogging on Monday but I had to have a sick day. I woke at four with a blinding headache which I quickly recognised as a migraine. I couldn’t turn my head without the…

Nerdy Teacher Building Relationships In the Classroom

So, I was rapping the verse from “Satisfied” from the amazing Hamilton Musical in class the other day and some students heard me. They were impressed. And this got me thinking about how the students view me. Cause, let’s face it, I’m pretty white. (Regardless of my ancestry I present as white.) Plus, I don’t speak with…

Passion, Purpose, Pride and Performance

Every Monday our principal provides us with a bulletin/newsletter of sorts that outlines the week, gives us some thoughts to ponder and reminds us where we are in the grand scheme of things. Today’s bulletin had the following questions attached at the bottom so I thought that I might answer them. Question One: What is…

What are my goals? Classroom Edition

As week three hits I’m already well into deciding what goals I have for myself and my students. These are not to be confused with the goals I have for my self care and looking after myself – rather, these are with regard to my students. The ones that I see in front of me…

Type A Personality…

I got a lot done last week, over the weekend and today. And, as I sit down to write this I still have this feeling that I should be doing something more, something else, just something that will make me appear as productive and proactive as I am told that I am. You see, I’m…

Back To School…First Day Nerves

It’s the first day back at school tomorrow. (Well, it’s a Teacher’s Only Day, but it still counts.) And, just like every year, I am a bundle of nerves and anxiety. I feel as if there is so much I need to get done and I haven’t even stood in front of my classes yet. Logically,…