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The Starlight Children’s Foundation – Great Adventure Challenge 2015

So I’m riding 35km across rugged terrain at Phillip Island for Starlight Children’s FoundationGreat Adventure Challenge on the 14th November, 2015.  [Donate]

It’s going to be tough and I’ve been trying to get some rides in beforehand. So I rode to get cat food the other day. #Meow

Alongside my 35km ride, my team is also doing:

  • 15km trail run, 
  • 10km kayaking,
  • and 2km run along the coast. 

We also have a variety of mystery tasks and navigation adventures along the way. It’s a big day.

And once I’m off the bike, who knows where I’ll end up. #SwimRunNavigate.

We desperately need donations. No amount is too big or too small. If I managed to receive $10 from everyone who reads this, I would make my personal target of $1000. I am currently at $370. 

Please help us to do something amazing by helping us to help grant wishes to the Starlight kids.

Donate via this link: click here

A big shout out to Ainslee at Scott Bikes for the generous donation of Mountain Bikes for the challenge. Pics to come. 

Still not convinced. Check out the video of last year – here

Read more here: the course.

 

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What will the future hold?

A few weekends ago, I booked flights to Perth, I have only been once but I was too young to remember. It took me a mere two hours to get to the airport, when it should have only taken one. I arrived at my gate with minutes to spare. Another stress that I don’t need.

If I remember back to childhood, flying was such an exciting experience. Now I just feel trapped in the plane, and stuck to a seat for an extended period of time. I hate it. And I don’t know what it is I hate about it. Is it that I am stuck and I have no choice? I think for me it is about the choice.

When I travel, I always drive. I don’t like to let other people control ‘wheres’ and ‘whens’. I need those decisions to be in my hands. I like to be able to control the music and the temperature in the cabin. In a plane, I am choice-less. I am confined to a seat, and I freeze from the surrounding climate.

But the worst part would be getting the seat next to the smelly person. The person that overfills their seat. The person who is intoxicated. The crying baby. Which leads me to my next point. What age should you not travel with a child?

I know parents might not have the choice in some circumstances, but the amount of parents traveling with young children seems to be increasing. Is this the cost of fares or the change from the traditional parenting techniques?

A dynamic shift in parenting has erupted. I’m sure there are some parents out there who expect teachers to teach their children life skills. I have encountered many. Those who refuse to side with you on homework and behavior. Maybe it’s the location of my teaching practice?

This still doesn’t explain why I stood at the open night of a inner beachside secondary school, and witness a father of five explode through the doors with his ratbag 9 year old children. Their only savior was the fact that their parents were standing right there. However this hasn’t stopped me telling kids off before. The last time was on a flight home from Hawaii. I was already ready for the confrontation of the parents. I don’t understand how some parents let their children run wild in public places, and then there is the kid who wont touch the bag of lollies I put on the table as its mid-week.

Where are we going as a society, if our kids are uncontrollable? I am not a parent, I do not have my own kids. But I do have 26 of yours every hour, five days a week. I think I have qualified enough for a stake in this discussion.

The fundamental shift here seems to come from what some might think as lazy parenting.. Or perhaps alike animals, children have the ability to grow themselves up. I disagree. As a wise man once said to me, “It’s easy to have bad kids, but it is hard to have good ones. As good ones are hard work and you have to be consistent.” To be honest, I hadn’t heard it so simply put. Good kids are hard work.

Many times in my classroom, I have given an ultimatum to a student. Then realised that if I don’t follow through with my punishment, then they will never respect me. I remember that I don’t need students to like me, I need them to respect what I stand for as a teacher.

Is it that I am the Grandchild of religion? And that the children of today are atheism to the highest degree? I have talked in previous posts about the cost of living for my generation over that of our parents. (Home isn’t where the heart is..) But are we not all human?

If leaves me to ponder about the future and where we are headed as society? We no longer need the 10 Commandments to control our lives, and children are capable of growing without guidance. Will we survive the adults of the future?

“Decisions are only decisions if you decide..”
~Mango


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Report Writing Science Prac

Aim: Finish reports by this weekend in order to get my life back.

Hypothesis: Reports will be completed by Sunday night.

Equipment: Computer, results, brain, ambiance.

Method: Write reports till 12am tonight, and tomorrow and everyday until finished.

Safety/Risks: Facebook, finger cramp, butt cramp, brain dead, square eye…s, electric shock, distractions, sun, restaurants and cafés.

Results: Reports were completed well in advance of schedule. Em feels extremely relieved. (But not “I’ve just been to the toilet” relieved, more of a “weight off my shoulder” relieved.)Em worked sufficiently for 12 hours each day, for three days in order to complete the task. Various snuggles were needed in between. Subway and Spud bar also played a major role in the facilitation of the task. Lest we forget- coffee.

Discussion: Em has demonstrated the ability to hastly achieve tasks when she sets her mind to it. Em suffered from initial procrastination, but was able to work through this due to the ambiance of Bam’s house. Facebook provided much needed support and distraction. She has provided herself with large comment databases, which have enabled her to sufficiently complete the report writing process. This semester has proven to be the most efficient report writing period in her three years of teaching.

Conclusion: Em was able to complete reports before the time stipulated, resulting in euphoric happiness about heading into six weeks holidays, in Bali.

Final thought: Do you like Pina Coladas? –because they are coming my way!!!


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The life of a teacher..

Each and every job, has it’s PRO’s and CON’s.. but what is it that makes teaching one of the most mentally draining careers?

The only time that a teacher will ever say that they love their job, is when they are sitting on the beaches of Hawaii and basking in the sun. This time of the year would be the holidays. The holidays are the time when teachers and students get to live life to its fullest. It is also the time of extreme frustration for parents, when having their kids for the six hours a day is too much.

What is the role of teacher? What do we aim to achieve? The answers to such questions I have pondered many times whilst staring at myself in the mirror at 6am before school. I am pretty sure the job description at a basic level is to ‘educate the future’. But it is never quite that simple. A teacher is a jack of all trades, or as Megan Gale once referred to it “as the ultimate slashie”. She is paying a tribute to the vast variety of job descriptions that she is able to mould into. Teachers are one the same. In any one day we can be a combination of teacher; councillor, parent liaison, disciplinarian, slave driver, curriculum producer and coordinator, detention supervisor, test administrator, social worker, parent, sounding board, media player, entertainer, first aide administrator, friend, cleaner, dictator, advocate, psychologist, stationary supplier, sheriff, personal hygienist, therapist, storage unit, collector of MP3s and phones, fashion consultant, organiser, pin board, trader, negotiator, diplomat, taxi, translator, dictionary, calculator, comedian and the rest.

Teaching is the ability to slip between all roles in a matter of seconds. It is ability that most of us master within the first term of teaching. Once a teacher can stop mid sentence to make a correction to behaviour and return to the sentence with the same tone, you know you have got it down pat. One thing you realise very quickly is what type of children that you don’t want and what names you will not be calling them.

Frustration

Comes from not only dealing with students and their non-supportive parents. Who sometimes believe at some extent that their child having after school detentions will disadvantage themselves, so as a result their kids are not going to be doing it. Isn’t that that point? Parents believe that they are the best teachers around, so why are more students home schooled? Of course not all parents fit into this category. There are many different types of parents, according to the Herald Sun, the latest craze is the Lawnmower parents, “instead of hovering over their children closely monitoring them as helicopter parents are said to, lawnmower parents get out in front of their children to try and clear the way for them”. http://ow.ly/4RRbx 

So what does this mean to us? It means that we are dealing with children who are scared to experience anything in the outside world. Problematic because this generation of children have witnessed more images and information than most of their great grand parents did in their lifetime.

SO where to for education?

Below is a video that explains the shift in education theories and the role of the 21st century education.

I find the whole thing a little overwhelming. What can I change in my classroom tomorrow?
This is the most confronting and draining part of being an Early Career Teacher. The realisation that you can’t change the world and even if you try to the change one thing. A full shift in educational philosophy will take years, as there is never any time in between classes to get the lockers.

Mango