Saturday, 31 August 2013

September Calendar Wallpaper

Here's this month's wallpaper.

September is the best month of the whole year...yep you guessed it. My birthday is this month.



This calendar was created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios DSP Be Awesome Today - 7, Embellishment Back to School - black note, Stamp Back to School - paperclips and fonts KG Next to Me Sketched, Janda Curlygirl Chunky and Janda Curlygirl Serif.
Thursday, 29 August 2013

I can't control what others do and neither can you.

There are days, sometimes, where things seem to spiral out of control. Or out of my control.

When I am to blame; when I am at fault, then I have to take it on the chin and try to right the wrong the best way that I can. It is important to acknowledge when something hasn't worked and make an effort to change things.

But when it doesn't matter what you do, when it is the actions of others around you that mean things are spiralling out of control, that's when it is hard.

I find that on days like this I worry. I strategise in my head about how to fix things. I focus on different scenarios about how things might happen. I make myself stressed. I don't sleep.

There has to be a better way.

We need to self-talk. We need to make sure that when it is something we don't have any control over, that we recognise it and don't take any blame on our own shoulders.

We have to acknowledge, out loud, that there are some things that happen that are out of our control. That there are things we aren't responsible for.

Only when we do that, can we move forward.


This poster was made in Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio using Embellishment sweetly nested framable - bird 6 and punches oral bubble, round bubble and thought bubble. The font is Citizen Slab.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Myth #2 "Teachers get 10 weeks paidholiday a year"

The second myth I want to discuss is the idea that teachers get 10 weeks holiday a year.



This one frustrates me I have to admit. I would love to have 10 weeks paid holiday a year.

Overall it's more like the 4 weeks on average that many people have. Why? It's simple.

Teachers can't do everything they need to in a term. Over their 'holidays' they are planning their units, writing assessment, getting report cards written, marking assessment...

And yes, many teachers go to school on the holidays to get their work done.

Just because students aren't on campus doesn't mean that teachers aren't working.

And the stickler...the holidays are at the most expensive time of the year, because it's when students are on holidays. Teachers can't simply go on a trip whenever they want to access the cheap off season times and prices. They have set times that they can have a break. While that might be great for families, with parents off at the same time as their kids, it can be very expensive. The number of students who disappear during a term for a family holiday for two weeks...

So let's get to the facts. Teachers are usually on a salary, when permanent employees. Our 10 weeks 'holiday', paid, is an acknowledgement that we work more than a 25 hour week. It is an acknowledgement of the hours we've put in during the term on top of what we are actually being paid.

The irony is if we were to look at last week's myth - that teachers work a minimum of 27 hours a week outside of 9-3 then in one term of 10 weeks, they make up their holidays. What about the other 30+ weeks.

Don't jump to conclusions about 10 week's paid holiday. There's a lot more to the story, just like there always is.

Again, this isn't a complaint. It's reality. Please have all the information before rushing to a snap judgement that teachers are lazy and all they do is have holidays.

We'll talk about 'lazy teachers' next week.

For further background to this project please visit the original post.

The image above is created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios using DSP Amped Up Ampersands - 3 and font Citizen Slab.
Monday, 26 August 2013

What a teacher should know for the upcoming election?

Over the past few years, Gonski has taken main stage in the debate about education. I for one think that needs-based funding - the full 6 years - is needed to ensure that students can be better supported by more teachers, specialists and resources.

As teachers we all have to come to the table about that and see the value in that. Imagine how our workload would change with more specialist staff to support our students. Just $500 000 in a year would be 6-8 teachers in our schools with money left over for more resources.

But there's more at stake at this election for teachers than Gonski.

On 20 August, 2013 there was a debate about education in Australia at the National Press Club...except Opposition Spokesperson Christopher Pyne didn't bother to attend. Apparently having a national conversation about education isn't important.

I beg to differ.

I have provided below two different views about education and teaching. One is Bill Shorten's words from the National Press Club Address. As Christopher Pyne failed to show, I have looked elsewhere to find words that describe his view on education.

Teachers everywhere - think about what these two opposing views mean for you.





These were created using Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio DSP Back to School - 3 and embellishment White Simple Stitches, Line 7. Fonts are KG Primary Penmanship Lined and KG Next to Me Sketched.


Friday, 23 August 2013

Are apps taking over my life...or making things easier?

A few years ago I had a solid 60 minute drive to and from work on average. I wanted a way to make use of the time, so I began listening to audiobooks.

A favourite is Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Private Life". I can still remember the point on the trip when I heard about the electrical box and how electricity rolled out in New York.

Audiobooks have become a staple driving item for me. I have travelled the world and learnt about a lot of things including "A History of the World in 6 Glasses." And...time does go by more quickly.

I have moved over to Audible. I subscribe for one audiobook a month with others at a lower cost. An Amazon company, it works with my kindle too.

So what does this all have to do with whether my life is ruled by apps or not?

It's simple. Looking for the Audible app on the iPhone, I double clicked to get the run of apps that are open across the bottom of the screen and began working through them to find Audible.

I was surprised...actually I was gobsmacked at just how many apps I had used from 7 this morning when I arrived at work and had last listened to the Audiobook, until I left was ready to listen to the book on the drive home that afternoon.
I do pretty much everything in my daily life through apps. And this list doesn't take into account a lot of other apps I use on a daily basis either, that I hadn't today.

My life is represented by apps. My banking, organising meetings, answering emails, writing posts, taking photos, searching for new ideas and stimulation, finding out what is happening around the world and the list goes on.

Is anyone else coming to this realisation?

Are apps taking over my life? More importantly, is this a bad thing?

It wasn't until I thought about it that I realised that I was using my laptop to do all of these things, and still are, but that having the device I use whether it was an iPad or iPhone was changing the way that I did things sometimes. 5 years ago it really was all about my paper diary and my paper life...now not so much. Everything is synced across devices so I am not trying to find that lost piece of paper as often.

With my life now basically organised by apps, it makes me wonder just what things will be like down the track. What will 2018 look like? Will it be apps or something else?

I remember being really excited last year when Audible became an app I could use on my phone. It doesn't jump around like my iPod when I accidentally bump something. 

And I have found myself thinking...is there an app for that?

I have to admit that in recently putting up a shelf in my house, I did use the level app...much to disgust of my helper who had to go and get a real one...

I guess I am really OK about apps taking over my life in this way...

I wonder what the next technological instalment will bring and how it will change how I think and work...
Thursday, 22 August 2013

Covering your notebooks...

Really, this is bit frivolous and I am sure someone else has already thought of it, but it looks so pretty.

I like covering my books so they look nice and are protected from my rough handling; tossed in bags; bent etc.

The brainwave I just had was to use some of my scrapbook paper that I have in a pad. 

Usually that is reserved for posters I put up in my classroom, so this was a new thing.

Doesn't it look so much nicer than the original...

At the craft fairs and shops you can get pads of scrap booking paper for about $20; and it lasts for ages. Much cheaper than the wrapping paper I usually use to cover books...

Favourite Blog #9 Classroom Freebies



Teaching is a collegial and sharing profession.

Classroom Freebies is a blog that really underpins this with lots of teachers bringing together their resources to share with other teachers all around the world.



There are resources to meet the needs of different year levels and content areas and to give you inspiration for ideas to use in your own classroom.

Have a look.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013

A Must Read for all Aussie Teachers

I was sent a journal article today by Stephen Dinham "The quality teaching movement in Australia encounters difficult terrain: A personal perspective".

It talks about the 'quality teaching' agenda in Australia, and calls for all educators to find their voice and to have a say about what non-educators are doing to teachers and schools.



It puts into perspective the competing agendas currently occurring in Australia and provides a real context for some arguments that have been at the fore for change in Australia. 

It's worth a read.


Quotes created using app Visual Poetry.


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Myth #1 "Teachers Work 9-3"

The first myth I want to discuss is the idea that teachers only work 9-3 on week days.



This has to be one of the most ridiculous myths that exist. Let me provide reasons why...

A teacher's job is more than standing in front of a class. The hours that teachers work differ from school to school, but let's say for the sake of argument that 9-3 are the hours that students are at school. The 'typical' teaching may occur from 9-3 where students are engaged in activities in a 'typical' classroom setting. But this doesn't take into consideration the following activities that have to happen outside of the time that students are at school. Another important fact; teachers are only recognised as working 5 hours per day on their payslip...so I guess that means 1 hour for lunch...we'll get to that later. Yep, teachers are paid for a 25 hour week; not even for the full 9-3.

Preparation time 


A teacher doesn't just stand up and teach. They have to do a lot of work to ensure that they are meeting the needs of their students prior to the lesson. For a primary teacher this means preparation for each content area they are covering in a day; for a secondary teacher that is for each different class they are taking in that day. Preparation means thinking about what will engage students in the lesson as a content area is being covered. How the teacher will ensure that the needs of all students are met e.g. what resources need to be created different to the other students in the class; what activities need to be included to cater for the learning needs of the students in the class; what tools are needed in the class; how it all fits into the overall unit and meets the assessment requirements; how it is being tailored to ensure all students are engaged in the lesson and it's meeting their learning styles.

Let's put that into some real perspective...minimum of 3 subjects taught per day x minimum 1 hour preparation = 3 hours outside of 9-3, per day; 15 hours outside of 9-3 per week.


Assessment and marking time 



A teacher has to ensure that they are able to provide parents with information about how a student is progressing and meeting the achievement standards for their content area/s. This again, happens outside of 9-3. Marking a piece of work is more than a quick glance and a guess. All student work is assessed against specific criteria. This takes time and occurs throughout a term, depending on what is being done. Feedback needs to provided on drafts so that students can make changes to improve their work. This can't happen between 9-3 when teachers are teaching; it takes time and focus to make sure that things are done properly.

Let's be conservative and say that on average per week a teacher spends 5 hours on assessment and marking processes = 5 hours outside of 9-3 per week.


Extracurricular activities


Schools need to cater for the interests of their students whether these are sporting or cultural. Debating, music, football...need to be managed by teachers in schools. This mean coaching, practice and support for students. And teachers want to do this. They want to see their students excel in something that they enjoy e.g. sport or music. But again, this happens outside of 9-3 or during lunch times (which they aren't paid for).

So again, let's be conservative and say that on average per week there's an hour for coaching/practice and an hour for the event. That's 2 hours additional per week.


Meetings


There is a mandatory 1 hour staff meeting per week. That doesn't include the meeting with a concerned parent on a Wednesday morning. A meeting after school with the year level teachers about assessment. The Year 6 teacher meeting about behaviour issues. The meeting with your line manager about concerns or feedback.

Let's say there is something on 3 days a week - that's 3 hours outside of 9-3 per week.


Individualised support


Students benefit from extra support. With cuts made to specialists working in schools, that means that teachers need to fill this role. That means tutorials before and after school. That means working with students individually to help them improve and to give them more confidence.

Lets say two students a week for 1 hour each. That's another 2 hours outside of 9-3.


So that's an additional 27 hours on top of the 25 hours per week that teachers are 'paid' for on their pay slip.


Just because you can't see it, it doesn't mean it's not happening. And the items listed here are almost all, only ones that can actually happen at school. And I haven't mentioned the bureaucracy that teachers are required to do e.g. recording parent contact; behaviour management processes; or the professional development that they do in their own time to make sure they are up to date with current practices and addressing specific student learning needs etc.

These numbers are conservative. I've never worked 9-3 a day in my life. An average day for me is 10-12 hours, plus a full day on the weekend. I haven't worked with anyone who only works 9-3 either. I don't have a family, so I admire those Mum and Dad teachers that can do all this and try to have a work life balance.

People in different occupations work hard. This post doesn't dispute that, but asks those who aren't in teaching to better understand what teachers do. There are some myths that deserve to be debunked.

No teacher can possibly work 9-3. Schools are too complex for this to happen.

And before we get into 'holidays'...that's Myth #2 for next week.

For further background to this project please visit the original post.

The image above is created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios using DSP Amped Up Ampersands - 3 and font Citizen Slab.
Monday, 19 August 2013

Myths About Teachers Project


Join with me over the next 10 weeks as I work to debunk 10 Myths About Teachers.


There is a lot of misinformation about the work that teachers do. Instead of sitting back and just listening to the same old, same old, I want to try and provide a different perspective. Every Tuesday I will have a myth that I believe is important enough to debunk.

This isn't a whinge-fest. Instead I am taking an opportunity on my blog to provide a different viewpoint.

There are two jobs I feel confident talking about. One is being on a checkout at a major retailer, and one is teaching. Why? Because I've done both jobs. I have an understanding of them.

I am not qualified to sit back and make judgements about anyone else's job, because I don't do that job.

I ask that when you read these posts, you consider that the opinions are those of a teacher who wants to share the reality of their work with others and that perhaps you consider your judgements and opinions before you simply believe what I see as 'myths' about teachers.

And while I have my 10 myths, I know that other teachers might have their own. Share them with me. I'd be interested to see if we have the same thoughts or if there is one that I haven't considered already. Leave me a comment.

The header is made in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios using DSP Amped Up Ampersands and font Citizen Slab.

Everything is a learning opportunity

Every day we are faced with different challenges and experiences.

A day doesn't go by that something happens that makes us question our beliefs or understanding, or where someone questions us.

And that's OK.

It's important though, that we recognise these to be what they really are.

Opportunities.

Every day we can learn from the challenges and experiences that we're faced with. When something doesn't happen the way we want it to. When someone sees things differently.

We need to see these as opportunities.

But more importantly opportunities to learn. To think about things in a different way. To be open to new ideas. Because that's what makes us great teachers.
There is a new app I've fallen in love with "Visual Poetry". I think it's the English teacher coming out in me. It makes words nice and pretty. Check it out.
Sunday, 18 August 2013

Teachers do remarkable things

I recently heard the Federal Minister for Education, Bill Shorten speak at a forum in Brisbane.

I have heard a lot of politicians speak about teachers over the last few years, and generally walk away disappointed that they don't understand what it means to be a teacher.

I was thrilled to listed to Bill Shorten. Others in the room had tears in their eyes.

Why?

Because he gets it. Everything that came out of his mouth recognised the work that teachers do. I was furiously trying to get it down on my iPhone as he spoke, and have a few quotes I want to share with you.

It's important that teachers can see what their Federal Minister thinks about them and their work.

Thank you Bill Shorten. I am so proud as an Australian teacher, that you are our Federal Member and hope you stay there long into the future.


This poster was created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios DSP Back to School - 3, with the Stamp Back to School - circles 2. Fonts include Citizen Slab and KG Next to Me Sketched.
Saturday, 17 August 2013

Favourite Fonts #6


Select the link below to access the font to download.


Without realising it, these are almost all Kimberly Geswein fonts. If you haven't had a look at her site, there are heaps of fonts and dingbats to choose from.
Friday, 16 August 2013

Learning from each other

The thing I love about teaching is the opportunity to keep learning. It's the best part of the day when a student grasps a new concept, or when they share something with you that you didn't know before. It's learning. And it's not all one way.

We learn from each other.

This will be a great reminder to print and frame for my classroom and office.



Click on the image below to go to the .pdf version to download. jpeg can be found in Flickr from the buttons on the right hands side.



These prints were made using Photoshop CC. The font is Doctor Soos Bold and the background is Medialoot Chalkboard Seamless Textures Chalkboard-gray-5.

Pinterest for Teachers

You will know from looking at my posts that I love using Pinterest. It is the best place to bookmark sites that are of use and interest, and to see what else is out there.

This week, Pinterest has announced that they now have "Teachers on Pinterest".

While there is a primary focus, there are a range of resources that can be used across the year levels. From reading the blog from Pinterest, it would seem that a secondary focus is coming later.

These boards are organised by different people and groups and so there are lots of pins being included.

Have a look and follow the boards that interest you.


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Font: Samantha Script Catch Words

I recently purchased the Samantha Script fonts as a set. I got a deal on them, and love the beauty of the script. You can see all the fonts at the link above.

The deal is still running for the next 48 hours at the following site, Mighty Deals, where you can grab them for a bargain price.

I especially love Samantha Script Catch Words. I have made up the key specifically for the Catch Words so it was easy for me to identify what was what. Click on the image below to be taken to the .pdf you can download.

They are a great set to use on your own posters and designs and I look forward to trying them out.


This image was created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios DSP Amped Up Ampersands - 4 and Embellishment Amped Up Ampersands - 7. The font is Samantha Italic Pro and Samantha Catch Words.

Don't sit back and watch the world go by...

Apathy is annoying.

I seem to be coming up against people a lot lately who think that they can't do anything to affect what's happening.

They don't like it but they're not going to do anything to change it.

They follow along with what others are doing and hope for the best.

But the bit that really annoys me - then they whinge when it doesn't happen the way they want.

It causes animosity and conflict because there is a level of anger that exists.

The "I told you so" line that we all baulk at saying, but sometimes it can be the only thing you want to say.

I worry about things. I write letters to the editor. I talk to people. I'm on Twitter. I'm trying to get my ideas about what I care about out there.

We have to care about things. If we don't care then we're just letting things happen to us. We have to fight for what we think or know is right. Not everyone is going to agree with us, but if we fight then we can celebrate when we win or take comfort knowing that we did everything we can, and we're ready to fight another day.

When things don't happen the way I want them to, I keep fighting.

What do you care about? Do you fight for what you think is right?

Or do you sit back and let things happen? That's OK. There isn't anything wrong with that.

But don't complain if you don't get what you want. That's just plain annoying.



This poster was made in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studios using DSP Amped Up Ampersand - 12; Fonts Citizen Slab, Janda Siesta Sunrise, KG Be Still and Know, Jellyka Vampire Street, KG Only*Hope, Janda Sparkle & Shine.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Favourite Blog #8 Clutter-free Classroom



Walking into a new school and learning routines and processes is very time consuming. It’s a good idea to have some really handy ‘pre-prepared’ sheets ready so you can feel organized and in control.

For example,

How do you get ready for the first day of school?
How do you prepare students for a test?
How do you manage students going to the bathroom?

This blog has heaps of resources. There is also a catalogue you can download for free that has a link to all of the items that have been created for the blog.

There are freebies and some that cost a few dollars. The thing I like is that just looking through the catalogue made me think about routines and processes I have, even in a secondary school, and how I can manage these better. Definitely worth a look for some ideas and inspiration.

There is a Teachers Pay Teacher site that has lots of resources.


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Do I want this to be the focus of my entire day?

We can get so caught up in the reactive nature of schools.

The event that comes out of left field during the lunch break that throws the day into a whirlwind.

The parent complaint phone call.

The lesson that has gone badly.

How do you turn it around? How do you get things back on track?

I have a poster up in my workspace. It says "Do you want this to be the focus of your entire day?"

And it works. I say to myself. 

"No - I can't do anything about this right now. I have other things I can work on. I need to put this over there until I can deal with it at the right time."

It's that gentle reminder for me that I can't fix everything right there and then, and that it may not always be my role to do so.

There is a lot going on in our schools. Things that have been forced on us that we don't agree with. Things that occur because of events outside of our control.

We have to understand that we can only affect the sphere in which we operate. We have our own sphere of influence and we have to choose what we can and can't work on. 

As teachers we can't do everything. We have to help our students build up the skills and knowledge in order to do things for themselves as well. There will always be a crisis that might contribute to a doomsday philosophy amongst our students. We can't fix it.

We can't change people's minds when they are making decisions out of their own personal interest. We have to choose what to focus on so that our work-life balance is sensible. If we don't our students suffer. 

Remind yourself...

Use one of the prints below, or make your own.


Created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studio DSP Delight in the Day - 10 with font Graphers Blog.


Created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studio DSP Sun Garden - 12 with font Skitch.


 Created in Stampin' Ups My Digital Studio DSP Howlstooth & Scaringbone - 11 with font Kraft Nine
Monday, 5 August 2013

What does #Gonski mean for teacher jobs?

Are you currently studying to be a teacher in Queensland?

Heard about the cuts to staffing in Queensland schools?

The landscape for work isn't looking too good right now is it.

Today, by failing to sign up to #Gonski, the LNP in Queensland has cost you even more.

Over the next 6 years, the ALP #Gonski plan would see an investment of an extra $3.8 billion specifically targeted to Queensland schools.

Let's think about this in terms of teacher numbers.

If we look at the money for #Gonski that would come to QLD in 2019, and it went towards putting more teachers in classrooms to provide further differentiated support and individual learning for students, then that would mean $1.8 billion dollars in teacher numbers.

What does it really mean?

#Gonski - potentially 18 000 new teacher jobs in Queensland. 


Yep, that's right, potentially more than 18 000 new teacher positions.

OK, so that might be a lot of wishful thinking.

But even 10% of new the #Gonski funds would mean 1800 new teacher positions to support student learning in our schools.

10% of #Gonski would be 1800 new teacher jobs in Queensland.


More support for our students so that they have individualised attention, and can improve their learning outcomes.

But no, the LNP in Queensland failed to sign up, even after being provided with opportunity after opportunity, timeline extension after timeline extension.

They have cost graduates jobs. All teacher education students should be outraged.

Get out and push for #Gonski. It is your ticket to employment in Queensland as a teacher.

We go into teaching because we want to help students achieve. But we can't do that if we aren't in a classroom. You need employment. #Gonski is needed for Queensland for this to happen.

But only the ALP's real #Gonski will do it.

Drafting

One of things that I love and hate in equal measure is reading drafts that are submitted by my students.

I love reading what they have done. I can see learning on the paper. Their ideas developing.

But I hate it when it's their first ideas on paper. When the student hands me something that is their first attempt. They left it until the last minute, scribbled something down and came up with a few ideas.

Because it isn't the best use of my time. I'm proofreading. I'm not able to give them feedback to ensure that they are building on their ideas to improve their writing.

I want to change how my students see a draft. I want them to be handing me a piece of paper that is more than their first attempt. I want to see them show development of ideas.

Peer support for drafting is something I want to ensure is occur at the earlier stages so they can have some feedback, but I want my students to see 'draft' as submitting their 'final copy' for feedback.

I want to change the language.

They deserve an opportunity to have feedback on their best work.

I deserve an opportunity to always be reading their best work.



Font KG Next to Me Sketched. Image designed in Photoshop CC.
Saturday, 3 August 2013

Come to Queensland - the #Fearstate



The last 24 hours in Queensland has been a scary place to be and I have been starting to think of our state as the #fearstate. Not the Sunshine State or even the Smart State.

We have had the Queensland Government announce that they are happy to sign up to #Gonskilite as proposed by the Federal Coalition Government so that they don't have to sign up to accountability requirements. #Gonskilite doesn't even provide the more than $3 billion for Queensland State Schools. It cuts off after 4 years, billions of $$ short.

But the thing that has me completely stumped is the common refrain about 'red tape'. I'm sorry if you're getting billions of dollars, then you should be signing up to account for how that money gets spent. It's that simple. Have a look at this link to get the real picture about what the plans look like side by side

The only reasons for not signing up to the Better Schools Plan that includes accountability measures is this - the Queensland Government doesn't intend to use the money from Gonski to help Queensland kids be better supported and resourced. They want a blank cheque that they don't have to account for. So where are they planning to spend the money? Obviously not on the State Schools and the students it is intended for.

They aren't going to provided better literary or numeracy support, more one-to-one teaching for students with learning difficulties, better resources, more teachers...they are going to use it on other things. Is that where the money for the casino is coming from?

On top of this, we have a Government stating that members of trade unions can't communicate with their members in the same ways they could previously. I'm sorry - I make a choice to belong to a trade union to better support and protect my rights. I didn't vote for this Government that is taking that support and rights away.

And let's face it the Federal Coalition backflip was because they knew Victoria was close to signing up and wanted to stop them. Victorian parents, students and teachers must be as horrified as we are.

Then we have had new IR legislation in Queensland created with the clear premise to destroy trade unions. That's its sole purpose. It has become WorkChoices.

Public servants in Queensland are the glue that keeps the state functioning and I'm seeing that glue coming unstuck. It's not because these people are not able to do their jobs well, it's because they are being sacked and the one person left in what was previously a team of 5 is expected to still get the same work done. This Government wants to get rid of the public service. They don't believe that there is a right for all Queenslanders to have access to public education, public heath, and the other services that are designed to ensure Queensland is a place that people want to live.

And the media in this country doesn't care about either of these things. They are funded by people who don't care about others people - they only care about the bottom line.

As I've written previously, I've only become a new convert for Twitter, but what I can see in Twitter is a way to communicate that is being denied to all Australians through the mainstream media outlets. I am struggling to understand how some journalists can go to work everyday and silence one particular point of view without ever giving a voice to that perspective. On Twitter, people provide links to news articles and places to look for more information where, in a few cases, there have been media outlets providing a more balanced view of things. Have a look on Twitter for #Ashbygate.

Australia's economy is the envy of the world. The unemployment figures are going up but that is the result of public service sackings in Queensland by a State LNP Government, not by the Feds. But the media is trying to make out that things are all doom and gloom. Try Greece! Try Spain! Try the USA! We have amazing things in this country that we may lose because of a blatant bias in media about presenting both sides of the argument.

I haven't gone to bed without butterflies in my stomach for weeks. At the end of each day I am holding my breath to see what is planned for the next. Announcements and decisions made, without consultation with the people they impact upon directly. It's a dictatorship. It's a frightening place. It's the #fearstate.

I am obviously passionate about these things, and had to share them with you. I know not everyone agrees, but there are I guess some fundamental things that as Australians, I believe we can all agree on:

  • schools resourced to best support the learning needs of all their students;
  • the ability to communicate with organisations and groups you choose to; and
  • a fair and fact-based media.
Well, I certainly hope we can all agree on these things, because if we can't then I'm really worried that the #fearstate will become the #fearcountry.



Thursday, 1 August 2013

August Calendar Wallpaper

July is over. I started this blog only a bit over a month ago and there have been more than 2000 hits on it. That's so exciting. I also love seeing the pins from the blog being repinned on Pinterest. 

Thanks for your support. Feel free to leave me a comment anytime. 

Here is August's calendar for you. Right click on the the image and save as to a folder.


This wallpaper was made in Stampin' Up's My Digital Studio, using DSP Sweet Details - 11; Embellishment Storytime - flowers. The font used is Doctor Soos Lite.