to write or not to write

It has long been discussed the pros and cons of Computers, Now I am pro computers personally I think that they enable so much communication and enlightenment across the world. I recently watched the pilot episode of The Honourable Woman, where a foundation pay for Fiberoptic cable to be laid across a country to enable high speed internet. So Im all very Pro Technology, I get inspired so easily.


Today’s Discussion comes from a article from the Australia Broadcasting Commission  entitled:

Finland scraps cursive writing lessons, sparking discussion over future of handwriting in classrooms

As Discussed before Scandinavian Countries are  leaders in education, due to political and social choices. They are currently often setting the tone for others aspire to.


Finland is going to in the coming Step15 academic year take the time allocated to cursive hand writing and move it to typing skills. The article talks about if this will impact on education in Australia, it then talks about exams moving to computers in the coming years.


My 1st year out of university, there was a motion to add typing to a school where i worked workload. after much debating I don’t remember what was decided. Either way it got me thinking about what typing and cursive  achieve, I did this by thinking about how you , as a teacher, assess achievement. Typing its easy it’s words pre minuet with a level accuracy. Cursive is pages writed with in a timeframe with good style and reablity.  So Its how fast you and share an idea with another ensuring the 2nd party can read it. They are the same There for I just divided the 30mins in my class about hand wiring into half on hand writing and half on writing.

NOTE: writing is incredibly important to leaning, it is important to teach readable print it is important to learn to write but perfect cursive is moving towards being old fashioned.  Click for more 

Example Doctors have horrid wiring and yet what they write are some of the most important communications in the world after all the wrong dosage, could kill you.

For more on this topic check out The NY times and there peer referenced article about hand writing. whats lost as handwriting fades  “Essay Writing reference”


Silly Saturdays

Being Healthy is Hard. I write this after eating a few (like a packet) of Dairy Milk Caramel Nibbles. But Can I add I did Voga Today, which i’ll talk to soon, and I had a yummy Healthy Brunch.

Someone told me that children become an image of the adults who influence them. I totally get that from a parent point of view, my friend Lou, started going to the gym with her mum when we were in high school. I didn’t start excising until I was 20.As a teacher is your health really having an effect on your children health.

Smoking  Mr Payne my primary school Deputy Principal smoked in the gardens shed every beak time. He had the smell always, the stained fingers, the oozing sores that never healed, the raspy voice and the clinging cough. Gross was my 1st opinion, then it was scary. I’m not 100% what he had but not long after I left the school he passed away. So while I guess he never really made me like smoking, he was and is a huge part of my option of smoking.


By the end of Health Ed I knew so much about Alcohol I was ready for anything and I, all fairness, was never the partying that was hard. The hard part is now in later life When wine goes with a meal. What is too much to get behind the wheel of a car? One, Two in 3 hours, a few last night. When is it ok to drink in the company of colleagues and parents?

Soft Drink

This one I have come across in schools often, My primary school had a vending machine in the staffroom. It was a school secret and yet we all knew it. I myself am I die hard Diet Coke drinker even Pepsi Max works. Do my kids feel the effect of this on one hand I believe that as a adult in a work place I should be able to have my caffeinated beverage. But I have also watched a teacher put down her can and a child pick it up and take a drink from it stating”mummy never lets me have this.”


I know Children Idolise teachers at different points in their lives, I loved that My year 6 teacher owned the same top as me. (love my mother from buying things from random stores).

But do our students build their definition of heathy on teachers?