New Year, same me.

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.” – Dalai Lama

So it seems I started this post on January 3rd and haven’t yet gotten around to completing it, but all in good time as they say. I spent two weeks in Perth after my week in Tasmania and had a busy/expensive vacay filled with a small amount of relaxing and a large amount of partying with old friends (perhaps too much so). As I’m writing this it is now March 25th and I’m sitting in my kitchen waiting for my soup to finish simmering so I can delight in its flavours (and quell my hunger). I started Cheer yesterday and hot damn my body is in a whole world of pain but I’m excited for new skills and having a jam-packed FINAL YEAR of University! Thank God, I am so ready to explore the world with my shiny new Masters of Education!

On that note, I’ve already signed up with a UK teaching recruitment agency who will hopefully be finding me a job, preferably somewhere around Manchester. On a crazy whim I booked my flight for December whilst sitting on the tram to Uni, so I’ll be heading over just before Christmas to start my next adventure and I’m equal parts excited, nervous and filled with stress about the prospect of somehow getting rid of all of the non-essential clothing, furniture and SO MANY BOOKS that I have accumulated in the past 3 years of living in Melbourne! I’m trying to cram in as much work as possible around cheer training and classes, but I’ve got a lot of assignments on my plate as well right now so I’m a very busy/poor woman…. wish me luck 😉 More to come… (always more) but I’ll post this much for now x

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

Maya Angelou

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Thoughts during teaching rounds

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote basically summarises every day that I have spent in Prep, doing my teaching rounds for the last 3 weeks. I have one week remaining and I am so excited to be finished with assessments, early mornings and lesson planning for the next few months!
I’ve learnt a bucket load during this placement, about teaching and where I see myself in the next few years. So far I’ve come to the following conclusions:

  1. I don’t see myself teaching Prep (Kindergarten in the US) at least when I am first graduating, it is a lot of pressure and I think I’d like to teach older kids who I can share my passions with (geography, world cultures etc).
  2. Lesson planning is hard work and is really testing my time management skills – each lesson I plan is either way too quick or is too difficult for the kids and we have to move on to another activity…. I definitely have a lot to work on there.
  3. I don’t mind the teaching hours, afternoon runs during daylight savings time are bloody lovely and I thoroughly enjoy getting up early.
  4. I’d like to teach in a less academically rigorous school with a more community-oriented vibe, preferably one with an alternative curriculum such as Steiner.
  5. I am highly passionate about morning teas.
  6. My coffee consumption is spiralling out of control and I think I need to go to rehab.

Teaching lessons to 27 five year olds (including a lesson sequence about basic robotics coding!) has been an incredibly nerve-wracking experience but I have learnt a great deal from my amazing mentor, particularly about behaviour management. I’ve also decided that I am going to have a meticulously clean classroom and I have found so many inspiring resources and books that I cannot wait to dive into during my holidays. #Educationnerd

They say that after your first big teaching placement you should definitely know if its the job for you, and even though this placement has been so exhausting and quite stressful at times, I know that I will love to have my own class someday and I am so motivated to finish my final two semesters! Thanks for reading, see you next time. X

P.S> If you’re a teacher reading this I would love to chat with you 🙂

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Me walking 3 miles in Slovakia after we got off at the wrong train stop and got very lost indeed.

 

 

Hey, welcome.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

Hi, you’ve reached my new blog, where I will write things which will often be accompanied by images I took. This quote from Hemingway is a pretty apt summary of my approach to blogging which is basically a situation where I write things down that I think without much regard for stylistic considerations or whether my content is interesting for anybody other than myself. I’ve decided to start this blog mainly for travel purposes as the old Tumblr situation feels much like high school and I think its time to spread my wings. I’m going to backdate some posts from my Tumblr so you can read about my previous travel experiences, if you wish it. Hopefully there will be many more to come as I hope to get out there again once I have finished this Masters!

Here is a summary of my life if you are interested or do not know me. If its the latter then howdy and I am unsure why but positively delighted that you’ve found yourself on my humble page. I hope you will enjoy my musings on this here blog. X

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Me at Mackenzie Falls, Grampians NP, Victoria, 2016.

Midnight watch at Summer Camp

It’s 1am and the fire has died down but alas, I must sit here until 5:30am in case a kid wakes up in the night and needs my assistance. I’m zipped up tight in my sleeping bag, three cups of tea deep, with the Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera; some paprika chips and hedgehogs as my only friends. The only positive of this horrible job is getting the morning off kid-watch and getting to stay in bed until midday! I found out that there is potentially wifi down on the dock too, from a house across the lake (?) so investigating that rumour will be a good task for later. There is also a water trampoline in the lake which is super nice to lie in and stare at the stars, so I have a few potential activities to keep me entertained.

12 hours later. It was actually a beautiful clear evening and the ever so lovely Thom came down to offer me some company and we fell asleep by the fire after a silent book club. I was rudely awoken by hedgehogs eaten the remaining paprika chips that were left by the fire and I watched the most stunning sunrise over the lake – so alls well that ends well. I’ve been listening to a ludicrous amount of Xavier Rudd and I am having a wonderful time at Camp full of new (potentially life-long) friends, laughs and very little sleep. X