Saturday, 30 November 2013

December Wallpaper

It's December already.

I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by or how much the landscape in Education has changed.

I have learned so much this year and am grateful that I am not the same person I was this time last year. I have grown and developed and changed.

That is what it means to be a learner. That is what it means to be a teacher.

To download the wallpaper click on the image above to go to my Flickr account to choose the right size or alternatively right click the image and save to your computer.

This wallpaper was designed using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio using Stamp's Beautiful Today - frame and Santa's List - santa. Fonts include Doctor Soos Bold and Janda Truly Madly Deeply.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Aussie students deserve better.

The last few days have once again shown just how Australian students and children are regarded by the Australian government.

They don't matter.

It's OK to lie to them and to their parents.

The needs-based funding model, a well-researched model, that was agreed to by some states, (who with that decision showed how much they genuinely cared about their children) with the Commonwealth government would have meant targeted funds to all students in all schools with additional dollars for students from areas of disadvantage.

I find it absolutely shocking that such a model can be argued against.

It should be about funding all our schools so that all students have targeted resources to support their learning. No matter their background all students should have the opportunity for the best education possible.

Teachers shouldn't be trying to make up the difference with money from their own pockets to buy the resources that are needed so that students have what they need to learn.

There should be more staff in schools not less to ensure that all students have targeted support like literacy and numeracy teachers, like ESL teachers and real guidance officers and counsellors with genuine qualifications who can support students.

The Gonski $$ would have provided these opportunities.

Any idea that there is another 'better' funding model, most especially the proven failure of the Howard SES model which was only intended to put money into one sector of schools is a farce. This model doesn't address the needs of the sector with the majority of students or the majority of students with learning needs or who come from disadvantage.

The way we treat our students and our children reflects on our entire society. I for one am shamed by the Federal Government's decision - to lie to the Australian people and to short change the students in our schools.

I think Nelson Mandela puts it most appropriately and it's a reminder to those making the decisions that their decisions reflect on all Australians.

It's time to stand up. Do we as a society care about our children's future...or don't we? Time will tell.

This poster was created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studios using DSP Beautiful Today - 4 and embellishment Do Your Best - chalkboard. The font used is KG Be Still and Know.

Monday, 4 November 2013

I choose my own way to burn

Sophie Scholl, was a German revolutionary and student who worked against the Nazi's in World War 2 as part of a non-violent movement. She and her brother were convicted of treason prior and executed by guillotine for handing out leaflets.

When I think about what the Scholl's were fighting against in Germany her courage and bravery are something that I am inspired by.

We can't just sit back and watch when things happen. We can't accept the bad. We need to fight for what we see as right. Those who we work with or spend time with who look at the world through an apathetic lens frustrate me. Surely everyone has an opinion about things. Surely we can see a right side and a wrong side (although these might differ from different perspectives). 

Recently I've been part of a conversation where the words, "Oh well, what can we do", or a variation on this theme have been stated. 

There is always something we can do. Sitting back and taking a kick in the guts is not acceptable. I know that while my head is on my pillow when I go to sleep at the end of the day, I'm concerned about how things that are happening impact no those around me. I know we need to fight. I want know that my actions matter. That I have done something. Then I can go to bed with a clear conscience. 

Sophie Scholl talks about choosing her own way to burn. That's how I want to live my life. I want to have an impact. I want to make a difference. I don't want to sit on my hands and watch the world go by.

This poster was created in Stampin Up's My Digital Studios using DSP Fall Memories - 2, with font Lunchbox.
Saturday, 2 November 2013

Teachers are informed professionals...

This poster was created in Stampin Up's My Digital Studio DSP Newsprint -11 and Stamp Back to School - paperclip.

Teachers are smart everywhere

Something to keep me grounded in the chaos...

Teachers are smart. They work hard to have the knowledge and skills they need to do their job well. 

It's how those outside of schools move the goalposts and change expectations that is the problem. Policy that is being done to schools not for schools is not good policy.

This poster was created in Stampin Up's My Digital Studios using DSP This and That Epic Day - 8.