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Harry Potter and the Myers-Briggs Personality Types

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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…

RoboCup Junior

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This Saturday, my school participated in the regional competition for RoboCup Junior. This was the first time in quite a few years that the school has been involved, and we were living up to some incredibly high standards - in the past our school had brought back trophies for their impressive efforts.

My school decided to participate in the Rescue division based on advice from Jim Riley, the ACT RoboCup Junior Chair. This involves following a line through obstacles to rescue a victim in a 'chemical spill'.




Both Caren and myself, teacher-mentors for our three robotics teams, went into the competition with the expectation that we would have a go, have fun and learn a lot about how the competition worked for future improvement. And that expectation was fulfilled! We. Learnt. SO. Much!

We discovered that students in Years 3-6 can persevere and problem solve. We also found out that children get hangry and need regular feeding (who would have thought?!) in order to be able to cope w…

Google Drop-in Sessions

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Google Educator Level 2 I have recently completed training for my Google Educator Level 2 certification. After two weeks (in stand down) of hard studying, I was #superexcited to pass the exam and get my next Googly certification!

I took five pages of notes while studying and I have actually referred back to my notes when trying something out at school.



Google Drop-in Sessions To make the most use of my new knowledge, I have volunteered my time each fortnight to help my colleagues with their Googly questions. So far I've hosted three sessions, and have shared several apps, extensions and websites.

The idea behind the drop-in sessions was that people could pop in, ask a question and go (as I am acutely aware that we are all time-poor with a million demands on that time).
Session #1 In the first session, I had 5 people come in and chat. It was a great experience for me, as I was asked questions I didn't know the answers to and had to learn on the fly. I also loved how collegiate t…

Hallway of Happiness

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I am very lucky to work with colleagues who are amazingly supportive.
This is the Hallway.
It's the Year 3/4 corridor in my school, and it has 5 of the most incredible, inspiring and innovative teachers I have worked with. Here's a sneak peek into our corridor and the people who work here.
As a typical Aussie, I rarely refer to my friends or colleagues by their proper names, instead, they all have shortened versions. I also rarely acknowledge when people call me by my full name, but that's mostly because I don't think of myself as a Rebecca.



Instagram for Teachers

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In this heavily connected social media world, it is too easy to see other people's photos and posts and compare yourself to these lovely, shiny people who seem to have it all together.

Teaching is like this, too. I see other teachers, in a seemingly effortless manner, do things that I find so difficult. It's these moments that make me want to share the small victories I achieve.

I started an Instagram account specifically for sharing school photos. I wanted to keep my home life separate, but also to use that account to curate a list of my most inspiring teachers to follow.



Here are a few of the inspirational teacher Instagrammers that I love to follow:

cassie_stephenz
artwithjennyK
teachingwithcrayonsandcurls
miss5th
mrdtimes3

and another Canberran local,
teachingincanberra


Thanks for dropping in,
Bec

Teach Tech Play 2017 Recap

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The Star Class I haven't posted on this blog since 13 December 2015. I lost my confidence in MY teaching. I felt like what I was doing in the classroom was just keeping my head above water. So I stopped sharing my ideas and thoughts.
On April 3-4, I attended the Teach Tech Play conference at Ivanhoe Grammar School in Melbourne. After 2 days of professional learning, my mind was buzzing! 
...and I got my teaching mojo back! 
Teach Tech Play 2017 Conference Recap I missed the opportunity to attend the 2016 conference, so when it was announced that there would be a 2017 conference, I jumped to it! 
This is a one page overview that I created from my notes to share with my colleagues at my school. It's full of links to the people and sites that I learnt about. 


These are the notes I frantically scribbled down as I was listening to keynote speakers, and presenters during the sessions.

I tried to cram as much as I could into my notes during each session. Some sessions were really han…