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[REFLECTIONS] 10 Classroom Tips You Should Consider But Never Do As A New Teacher

As a new teacher, you're probably a keen bean when it comes to coming up with awesome ideas for classroom setup and teaching resources in the holidays leading up to your big day. You're probably feeling a little inundated and overwhelmed by the impending moment when you walk into your empty classroom in need of … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] The first five weeks in your own little kingdom

A ruler’s first term in power is tough. Getting to an agreement between all your subjects and getting them all to behave and respect your authority through being stern and assertive is extremely tiring. Your subjects begin to test your authority first with small rumblings in the streets below only to be followed by all … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] Eight Pieces of Always to Secure that Teaching Job

For all those graduating teachers out there that may feel a little hopeless by the state of the job market for teachers at the moment (I know I was, especially as a Primary teacher – here, here and here), it’s possible! You just need to get yourself out there, learn from your failures and keep on … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] How to approach your first unsuccessful interview

So on Monday morning I had my first interview for a permanent position at a school in Sydney’s outer Western Suburbs and unfortunately, was not successful. A great learning experience and hopefully better luck (and preparation) next time! I arrived a little early and sat in the waiting room for what seemed like an eternity. A few … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] Amazing Babes and starting a unit on Australia in the 1900’s

So I taught the first lesson of my unit of work on Australia in the 1900’s and will try to make an attempt to get students to perform more in depth historical inquiry (HT3-5) and think more about the importance of some of the events and struggles that shaped Australia (HT3-4). As I have the opportunity to teach … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] Inquiry Based Approach to Maths

That’s three weeks down and six more to go for our internship – and definitely the fastest three weeks in a long while. It has been smooth sailing so far with only a few lessons that have failed miserably. I guess that could also mean I’m not trying hard enough to put new ideas to practice … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] The more questions answered, the more questions I have.

After spending a month in a 21st Century team teaching classroom with an open learning environment, it has provided me with some insight into how transformative public education can be how little changes can have a massive impact on student learning. After sharing some of my observations and reflections with other PSTs, I’ve received many … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] The Charles Darwin Effect

Teaching is a little like natural selection. You can plan a lesson or a sequence of work all night for as long as your body can cope with the hits of caffeine but, in the end, it’s all about how well you can adapt and survive when thrown into an ever changing environment that is … Continue reading

[REFLECTIONS] Knock down those walls and pave the way for collaboration

There is a 3D printer in our classroom that the students know the ins and outs of better than I do and, to be honest, it scares the heck out of me. But more so, I haven’t been so pumped to get started with such a unique experience like this in a VERY long time. … Continue reading