Meeting My “First Year Self”

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with a group of student teachers and a few new relief (substitute / casual) teachers, and been given ample opportunity to reflect on my early career experiences. I still have vivid (painful) memories of my student teaching practical experiences, and remember how I graduated from university in 2008 […]

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Life is full of surprises

Over the course of this year, I’ve made some amazing connections through this blog, including some unexpected connections with local Western Australian relief (substitute) teachers. Relief teaching can be a lonely profession. To the best of my knowledge, there are only a handful of relief / substitute teacher bloggers, yet I’ve discovered that there are […]

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My First #EdChat

Today marked an important milestone in my ongoing efforts to build a Personal Learning Network via my blog & Twitter™. At 8AM Perth time, I joined in an international #edchat conversation on the topic of participatory / inquiry learning. Following the conversation via Tweetdeck™ (for Google Chrome™), I started out by retweeting other teachers’ ideas, […]

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Forays into Upper Primary Science

As the Australian school year draws to a close, I have had the time to reflect upon and review my experiences teaching upper primary science during 2010. March-May 2010 – Year 6/7 Science & Arts Earlier this year, I replaced a science/arts teacher in a small independent Christian school in Perth’s southern suburbs. I taught […]

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Reflections on Classroom Management (Index)

My Experiences, Philosophy, & Reflections Thoughts on Classroom Management A Process of Trial & Error – Developing my Management Approach My Jigsaw Approach to Classroom Management The Conscious Competence Ladder (Skill Development) The Four Stages in My Teaching Practice Classroom Management – Summing Up The 3 R’s of Effective Learning Environments Setting the Scene Overview […]

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Giving Something Back: Mentoring Student Teachers

I excelled in my academic studies at university; however, as a result of my youthful inexperience, I always felt vulnerable and unprepared during my practical teaching experiences. While I had some excellent mentor teachers, on several occasions I found myself working with unsupportive, and in one case, overly critical teachers. One almost drove me to […]

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Cracking the Hard Class

As a relief teacher, I’ve come across many tough and extremely challenging classes, taught by graduate and experienced teachers alike. Walking into, and taking control of the ‘hard class’ is one of the greatest challenges of my job, and I have learnt that there is no “one size fits all” approach. These classes are hard […]

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