Paper PlaneJune 06, 2019
I am just home from a full day of professional development at my school. We got to start later than usual and finish earlier than usual, and yet I am still feeling like I’ve been hit by a bus. Sitting in a chair listening to people speak all day can really take it out of you.
Paper PlaneApril 05, 2019
Entering a primary classroom for a secondary teacher can be quite confronting. In my new job, I am working across both primary and secondary and last week found myself taking a grade 2 class for a lesson.
Paper PlaneFebruary 18, 2019
Trading long lunches for photocopier queues, Netflix marathons for lesson-planning and sleep-ins for staff meetings is a rude shock to the system as we start back at school.
Paper PlaneNovember 12, 2018
At 12.30pm on the Sunday before any school term resumes, you can guarantee an email from the principal welcoming you back.
Paper PlaneSeptember 13, 2018
We usually have a pile of tissue boxes stacked on top of the filing cabinets in our office, but last week the supply dried up. Unfortunately, our noses did not. We have been under siege with germs and sickness and the tissue crisis is indicative of this.
Paper planeAugust 17, 2018
As someone who is secondary trained and has always worked with teenagers, suddenly finding myself working in a primary context has been a big change.
Paper planeJune 06, 2018
Last week, I arrived at school, attended my morning briefing, sat down at my desk and had a feeling that I should be somewhere else. Not on a tropical island or at home in my bed, but a real feeling that I wasn’t supposed to be at work.
Paper planeMay 11, 2018
My new school likes to celebrate birthdays. Since starting there, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gathered in the staff room to sing happy birthday and eat piles of food generously brought in by colleagues. It’s safe to say that life is good. Who doesn’t love a morning tea?