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Harry Potter and the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

I have mentioned this once or twice before: I work with an amazing bunch of educators. They put up with my crazy ideas and plans with aplomb and grace.
My latest crazy obsession was finding out which Harry Potter character reflected my teaching partners' personalities. Because, internet procrastinating is where I'm at!

If you know your Myers-Briggs personality type, check it out! The Harry Potter Character For Your Myers-Briggs Type.
If, like me, you have done the Myers-Briggs test so long ago you have forgotten your letters, have a go here: 16 Personalities
What I really liked about this one is the holistic approach to the character profile. It absolutely can be used to discover more about your colleagues and their working habits and preferences. It can also be helpful for understanding your partner, friends and family.
I made a lot of my colleagues, my prac student, friends and my husband do the test, and discovered that I have many a "Remus Lupin" in my life, q…

Tech Tips Tuesday #1.3 - Book Creator

This week's tip is to try out Book Creator - a tip for me to try, also! With our education directorate, we can easily log in using our Google for Education account, so it's simple to sign up and give it a try.

There's a quick tutorial to show you how to create books, share books and set up a library for your students.

My intention is to get my students to create a book as a response to Reader's Workshop, then we can share the books within my library. We may even print a hard copy or two to share in our classroom.

Tip #1.3 Try out Book Creator! This one would be great for creating class books. Give it a go and see what you think!

I'm keen to see what other teachers make using Book Creator.
Thanks for dropping in,

Tech Tips Tuesday #1.2 - Keyboard Shortcuts Challenge

My second Tech Tip is this challenge from Matt Miller at I've printed off the challenge and stuck it to the bottom of my monitor to remind me to use these simple keyboard shortcuts every day. My favourites so far are: 'Find' and 'Reopen tab'.
I love how freely Matt Miller shares his ideas and expertise with the general teaching community. Check out his website for more Tech Tips to help yourself or your students.

Tip #1.2 Challenge yourself to improve productivity using keyboard shortcuts.
Print off the strip (and share the second with someone in your team)
and attach it to your monitor to remind you to use the keyboard shortcuts.

Once you have mastered the shortcut, cross it off and focus on another one!

Thanks for dropping in, Bec
P.S. I realise it's Wednesday... I'm a little late posting this for Tech Tips Tuesday!

Tech Tips Tuesday #1.1 - GoNoodle

This year, one of my challenges is to do a 'Tech Tips Tuesday' post on our school's SAS Dashboard for my colleagues to try out each week.

My intention is to collect at least a term's worth in a Google Doc, with links ready to go, so all I have to do each week is copy, paste and update the Dashboard.
The first Tech Tip I'm sharing is one of my all time favourites: GoNoodle! I love how energised my kiddos get, especially with the Blazer Fresh and MooseTube videos.

GoNoodle is FREE to sign up, but there's also premium content (GoNoodle Plus) if you want to pay for it. I've been using GoNoodle for 4 years now, and have never needed to sign up for the extra content - there's so much there already! 
Stay tuned for my next Tech Tip Tuesday! Thanks for dropping in, Bec

Bullet Journaling and Teaching

I have been 'bullet journaling' for a while now, to help me organise my personal life. It seemed pretty obvious to me to use an adapted version as my teacher's daybook or planner.

The official Bullet Journal website is the best place to visit for anything BuJo related, and Ryder Carroll readily shares his system for streamlining and productivity. Check it out if you haven't heard of BuJo before!
BuJo/Daybook Hybrid Now that you know what the original BuJo looks like, here's my Frankenstein's monster hybrid/mash-up. Obviously, BuJo needs to work for you, and a lot of people adapt Ryder's original idea to their artsy vision. Just check out Pinterest or Instagram for people who make their BuJo an art-form!
Here's my Daybook. I started off with an extra large dotted soft cover Moleskine notebook like this one in Orchid Purple. I'd already discovered the flexibility of using a grid rather than lines, and the dotted grid was easy to use and more subtle th…

Daiso for Teachers

This is my haul from my trip to Daiso. It was only my second visit to Daiso (my first being when I stumbled upon the one in Chadstone Shopping Centre in Victoria), but unlike my first visit, this time I was prepared!
I love bargains, and these goodies only cost $2.80AUD each! Timers I got three liquid timers and one traditional sand timer (3 minutes). These ones were purchased for a special needs student I am going to have this year, as a way of helping them calm down. I'm sure there'll be other students who will enjoy watching them, too. I certainly do! Magnets I get frustrated by how I never seem to have a magnet handy when I need it, so these magnet strips are going up on my whiteboard where I can access them when I need to. I haven't tested them yet, so I don't know how much weight they can hold. Sticky Notes I do love a cute sticky note. I use these sorts of things all the time! Cleaning Mitten I know - this is seriously random! I saw its cute little hedgehog fac…

2018 Classroom Set-up (Part 1)

As 2017 comes to a close, I have been planning what my 2018 classroom will look like. I have moved across the corridor and now have to wait til school reopens to get in and sort out my stuff.
In the meantime, I am using Pinterest to gather ideas and plan.
2017 Classroom

My 2017 classroom was Harry Potter themed, and my class were The Wizards. Searching through my photos, I realised that I have no decent photos of my class set-up for 2017. (I need to rectify this for my 2018 classroom!)
For our HP theme, we created self-portraits as wizards and witches, I had flying keys hanging from the ceiling, 'Scabbers' was hidden throughout the room (the kiddos loved finding him and returning him to the whiteboard), there were owls, Hogwarts teachers (Pop Vinyl figures of Dumbledore and McGonagall), and Fluffy made an appearance at the end of the year. I also had fairy lights around the ceiling which made the class sparkle!
As much as I loved the classroom theme (not so much the notoriety…

Arts Fest 2017

This year's Arts Festival went off with a bang! We had gorgeous weather (unlike the storm of 2015) and so much more to share. Along with the usual outdoor stage, the indoor stage, the Art Gallery, lantern trail and sculpture garden, we included a photography competition. We had performances from every year level, as well as Year 5 & Year 6 bands,  Year 3/4 recorder ensemble, Rock Band, senior, junior and Japanese choirs, Dance Nation and the teaching staff even got up and performed their rendition of the classic, MMMBop.
As always, I was so busy through the night that I didn't get many pictures. The photos I did get were taken before everything got started! Art Gallery This year, I was responsible for collating, collecting and displaying the hundreds of artworks created by students for our Art Gallery.

I am consistently impressed with the creative and gorgeous art that my colleagues support their students to make. Here's a sampling of over 1,200 artworks that I, along…