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May 12, 2018

Ever had a student call you ‘Mum’?

It seems a natural progression. We spend almost as much time with them as their parents - sometimes more! But how does it work if you actually are the student’s Mum?

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I spoke with three educators who are also m...

March 14, 2018

The other week I had Year 6, this week I visited Year 1. Ah! The merits of being a relief teacher!

There was a gaggle of boys who were passionate about play, blocks, pillows and farts. They were generally excited about active-ities and less so about writing. Most of the...

January 27, 2018

“You have a student in your class who vomits. A lot.”

“Right...  Like, at lunch time?"

"No, no. Just randomly."

I’d spent some time preparing for the first week back. I’d bought some new stickers, read Bill Rogers’ suggestions for the establishment phase and planned...

November 2, 2017

It is a truth universally acknowledged that teachers are leaving the profession in droves, notably in their first few years at the job[1].

Can it be that they – we – just don’t have enough ‘grit’? Perhaps. Or maybe we’re all just flaky millennials who can’t commit? Mayb...

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