Time flies when you’re having fun…

Again, I very nearly forgot I had a blog!! Life has a crazy way of getting in the way of the things we plan 🙂

SO, done and dusted! Finished the study and passed the final prac hurdle of Internship thanks to a magnificent mentor. Then after several very long weeks of drama finally got my teacher’s registration approved and best of all, got work straight away! Which means I GOT PAID!! Such a nice feeling after studying for a couple of years with basically no income. I have been working almost every day as a casual relief teacher in several schools around  my area. Sometimes booked days or a couple of weeks in advance, sometimes a phone call at 8am saying “What time can you get here?” LOL. I often get calls I have to turn down as I already have work booked for the day in question. I must be in demand!!!

Currently enjoying being on holidays after a few busy weeks and reconnecting with my children 🙂

Sooooo…….what to spend my first paycheque on? The increasingly long list of things I have discovered I need to have in my relief teaching bag? Or an iPad so I can use all this fab apps I keep hearing about? Or the medical / dental bills that have suddenly presented themselves just in time for me to start earning money? Aaarrrgghhh!

(Bought the iPad 😉 and paid a chunk of the bills. I keep hearing from well respected teachers that an iPad is the most valuable teaching tool I can have in the primary classroom. A tax deductible one at that!)

I am having a blast. Teaching is definitely where I belong. Why did it take so many years to realise that?? I look forward to popping in here more often and sharing the lessons and resources I am using.

Please leave me any tips for relief teaching (supply teaching) that you think I can use as a newbie and share any apps that work in your classroom, Thanks!!

Okay…..

Okay…. so I haven’t posted here in over a year. I have been crazy busy completing my degree, and no time to think about blogging unfortunately. I have a couple of days left in my Internship and then I will be a REAL teacher. For REAL, no more nearly!!!

Roll on Thursday, I can not wait! My [FABULOUS] mentor teacher has given me the confidence I need to move forward with my fantastic new career.

Old Favourites

I remember my Year 4 teacher (MANY years ago!) reading to the class on Fridays after lunch, we would all sit on the floor and listen carefully to a chapter at a time. It would take at least a term to get through a book, and if we were really well behaved we would get TWO chapters in one day! My clever teacher (thanks Mrs L!) chose books that would interest us, and would sometimes get the students to vote for one of two or three books. I remember her reading us Rohald Dahl’s The Witches, and Robin Klein’s Hating Alison Ashley. These books are still favourites of mine, and I have shared them with my own kids.

Another favourite I have read many times to my own kids is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My son loves the Harry Potter books and my daughter loves the Alice Miranda series.

What was your favourite childhood book? Leave a comment!

43 quotes reinforcing the power of reading

Hello readers ( are there any yet?!)

Here is a fantastic link to 43 Great Quotes on the Power and Importance of Reading. Which pretty much sum up how I feel about reading and why I am so passionate about literacy and books, and encouraging todays kids to be the same. Reading is a wonderful away to learn, share and escape.

http://bilingualmonkeys.com/43-great-quotes-on-the-power-and-importance-of-reading/

10 Questions to Get Kids Thinking Deeper About Books

Great Ideas!

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Questions for Deeper Thinking

What do you need to drive a great discussion; to get your students to think more deeply about books? I believe the key to deeper thinking about books lies in the questions asked while discussing each book. I discovered this resource on twitter and could not resist sharing it with all of you. Check out more great resources @WeAreTeachers. tlb

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