Tag Archives: teaching reading

Teachers, take a bow and then put your feet up!

teachers

Ah, school holidays – it is still my favourite time of the year, even though I no longer have school-aged children or work in a traditional classroom.  I love seeing all of the posts on social media, of teachers sharing nature snaps, food snaps, holiday destination snaps, and dare I say, drinking snaps!   Teachers are […]

Commitment – what a wonderful concept!

Commitment

At the beginning of this year, I decided I would embrace the world of facials and skin care. I had never indulged in such ‘pampering’ before and foolishly thought, it would be just a matter of turning up once a month, enjoy the attention and relaxation, and then, a few months down the track, I […]

50 – it’s just a number, right?

Number

I have spent the last week, okay month, celebrating my fiftieth birthday – and it has been so much fun!  It is funny though, before I actually turned 50, I had many pre-conceived ideas of what my life would look like at 50. I thought I would be: very mature, set in my ways, semi-retired, […]

I Will Change the World – I Just Need Your Help!

Change the world

Quite a few years ago, I thought it would be a great idea to complete a Master Degree in Education.  I’d like to say, that my motivation for this decision was to increase my understanding of education and become a better teacher, but I would be lying.  All of my friends were studying, so rather […]

Sight Words – it’s not all about you!

sight words

My passion for teaching young children to read using sight words is no secret. However, what I have failed to articulate in the past: it is not my only vice nor should it be, in the quest to teach children to read. It amuses me that an often hotly debated topic is: phonics Vs sight […]

Can someone please stop the clock

clock

Can someone please stop the clock – just for a minute, no, make that a week?  I just need to catch up! I don’t know what is going on, but I feel as though my life is moving at an over-accelerated pace at the moment.  No sooner than I get up, it is time to […]

Like a bull at a gate…

Practise, Practise, Practise

Have you ever come up with an idea, that you thought was just so great, so wonderful, that you didn’t really process many thoughts about it, you just did it? Welcome to my world! I would like to think that as the years have rolled on, I have become a little more reserved, and cautious, […]

And the winner is … confidence!

Confidence

Isn’t it amazing how much easier it is to cope with life, when you’re happy and feeling good? Problems that come your way are not huge obstacles, just a mere blimp on your radius of happiness, to deal with and let go. When you’re feeling good, you’re feeling confident – you can cope with just […]

Report Card Time – It’s not about you, it’s about me!

Word on the street is, it’s REPORT CARD time! Oh how I remember the anticipation of those neatly folded cards, spruiking the virtues of my good parenting for the past six months, and how my intelligence is reflected in the children’s grades, except for maybe science, but then I don’t care about science, so why […]

Teacher Professional Development – just what you need more of!!

Over the past 30 years, I have been to many Teacher Professional Development Sessions – or as they are known more commonly, Teacher PD. Some are great, but unfortunately, most are not so great. The ones that I have enjoyed the most, are the teacher professional development days that actually gave me something practical – […]