Lest We Forget

I have no words for the feeling this place gives. #proudtobeAustralian thumb_IMG_7237_1024.jpg

Proud to have my grandfathers medals, proud to have my father march in his memory. #Zforce

ANZAC Day,

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Robert Laurence Binyon

A nice post for the start of the hols

Today Marks the 1st day of the Western Australian school holidays and the last day of the English ones.

Just a happy story about the recent revelation that children in the U.K. as spending less time than inmates in jail. (60 mins per day)

Neutral Natural Nudes

Walking in to any high street store you will find neutral natural colours, they are so warm and inviting with a beautiful sense of calm.  This all comes down to colours and the emotions we acoicate with them, Red is fast, yellow is happiness, orange is joy.

Today I’m sharing some classroom inspiration to develop an idea of Calm in your class.

Photos taken from missreggio, play-basedclassroom and sarahkhoggteachingportfolio 

Calming colours make us all feel more content, meaning we are comfortable and able to take risks. When your classroom is filled with examples of perfect art work and writing and solid colours it can make a child feel they need to be perfect and mass produced. Wood and cotton all come with flaws and differences. It’s what makes them special.

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International Women’s Day

#IWD2016

This week’s Tech Tuesday Falls on International Women’s Day, so it is  only fitting to continue with our Karlie Kloss theme. This week, a video talking about women and they way they are forging though the coding world.

I do promise next week we’ll move onto coding and education. For now I want to share a little inspiration to get you thinking.

 

My last link is a meet up for #girlswhocode

Code Like A Girl – AU

Melbourne, AU
660 Coding Sisters

Code Like a Girl is for all the women who want to make new coding sisters. Let’s share our passions, get excited about the latest tech and discuss code à la mode. All in the h…

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Wandering Wednesday – Brno

After departing from Kakow, I ventured alone to Brno. Brno is the 2nd largest city in the Czech Republic, it in to the south east, near to Slovakia. The city is a university town, that has become famous for the houses and buildings designed there. I followed a walking map most of my trip. I learnt I lot about travelling alone, on this section of the trip.

Coding for Girls

Now, equality would say that you shouldn’t target an opportunity by gender, but today I am, because women and girls are far behind in a particular set of skills needed for current and future workplaces. Coding is the language that tells computers and digital devices what to do. I like to think about it as a more complex form of this:

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in the Movie the Imitation Game.

While The Imitation Game does talk about code making and breaking it is portrayed as a system of guesswork, your constantly looking for that one string to pull on,  once you find a string to pull on to all comes together.

Back to Karlie, who I alluded to last Tech Tuesday. Karlie Kloss is a model, yep a runway model, she is also a Taylor Swift Girlgang member. She is also a Techie, she vlogs, and instagrams better than most. She helped to run a scholarship programming school, last August.

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This photo comes from the Schools website

21/600 got to go last summer, and I would say more people will apply this year. FYI 14 of the chosen girls had never coded before. Programs like Karlie’s are stepping stones towards improving coding amongst young girls and giving them better skills for the future.

Info about the 2016 Northern Hemisphere Summer can be found at https://precollege.flatironschool.com/cities/new-york/summer/courses

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This is my Fav blog post about the school.

 

General info about the school can be found here:

https://precollege.flatironschool.com/kode-with-karlie

This includes lots of stories about the program, in Video form (I love a video)

 

 

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.