Kraków

Easter holidays of 2014 I went on the most amazing trip, I learnt so much about History. Over the next few Wondering Wednesdays I am going to share them with you. Mostly as pictures because they Speak 1000 times better than words.

This is Krakow Poland, each night the last post is played from the church belltower over the main square and cloth Hall market. It is reminder of the past which this city holds.

Auschwitz is the nearest concentration camp, I visited and learnt so much about the horror of war. It was something 1000 text books couldn’t convey, it’s a feeling like no other. I have spoken to people who have visited other concentration camps, they all say Auschwitz stands alone. Maybe it is because of the stories we have, maybe it is that 1/6 Jewish people who died in WWII died there in that once place, maybe it’s that the only camp stands as it was. Either way I as a teacher learnt more walking the grounds about humanity and Discrimination than any Class had ever taught me.

There’s a lot to be said about experiencing something before you teach about it.

 

Code like a Girl!

If you haven’t come across #runlikeagirl your missing out on a powerful message. Today I was shown this amazing video which has reminded me of an amazing person, girl,  model  and Taylor Swift Girlgang member who had a summer school for females learning coding. More on that next time. For now enjoy this piece of inspiration.

Is Contemporary Teaching a new thing?

 

Contemporary Teaching is all about staying modern and current, a lot of people think it’s something new, but I see it more as an extension of play based learning. It is about designing a classroom that is interactional and play based. Love this article you should all read it.

Refresh

Having moved back to Perth, with a whole heap of new Ideas I felt it was time to change up the blog a little and really get things moving into a new day.

For those who are watching all the changes: hang in there it will be all on track by Monday morning.

 

 

When is full really FULL!

Sometimes we need a little help to find space for everything.

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The mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions – and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

“The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.”

“The sand is everything else – the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and enquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.

“It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”