A few weeks ago my daughter and I made rain clouds in a jar. An easy little experiment you can do with any child starting from preschool age really, and although it's a fantastic way of exploring the science behind rain clouds and weather in general, we ended up going along an entirely different path … Continue reading Rain Clouds and Mindfulness
I love exploring teacher Instagram feeds. There are so many wonderful ideas for teaching and learning out there. The learning resources, lesson plans, behaviour management strategies.... so many purposeful, engaging and meaningful ideas that support and encourage learning and growth amongst students. But then there's this cute side of the teaching world that confuses me … Continue reading The Cute Classroom Conundrum
Dear Square Peg, You never did fit into that round hole did you? You sat (possibly wriggled!) in your spot and were made to feel like you were doing something wrong, when all you were really doing was being you. Because... You're a square. You aren't obnoxious, you're just confident. You aren't vague, you're just … Continue reading Dear Square Peg
First year out. You’re now in charge of educating young minds and you have convinced yourself that you will be the next John Keating in Dead Poet’s Society. You will inspire, challenge, engage and motivate our future. You will stand on tabletops and shout, “Seize the day!” This feeling is magical and deep down you … Continue reading I’m not crazy. I’m a teacher.
Because I said so! As teachers we have all used our 'power' to get stuff done the way we want it done as opposed to the way the kids would like to have it done. We do this because we're tired and can't be bothered with the kerfuffle, we do this because we're tired and … Continue reading The Last Word
To me being a minimalist educator involves meaningful teaching and learning. It's about eliminating the unnecessary to ensure there is purpose in everything I teach and display. It's about making sure I remain true to myself as an individual first and foremost - if I don't know myself how the hell can I know who I am … Continue reading Choose Your Own ‘Art’venture in the Minimalist Classroom
Yep. Teachers have the ability to hoard. It may be organised and neatly labelled (if you're a little OCD like me!) but when you think about it we tend to own a lot of junk. If we applied these same methods to our personal lives we'd find our houses overflowing with lots of trinkets, plastic … Continue reading Teachers are Hoarders