Sunday, November 27, 2011

Edublog Awards 2011


The Edublog Awards are a great way to acknowledge the hard work & dedication an individual or group demonstrate towards creating a space for sharing ideas & information,  & providing opportunities for others to contribute their thoughts on matters of relevance that enhance the Education sector for all stakeholders.


This year I would like to nominate Jenny Kable over at let the children play in the categories of Best Individual Blog & best Teacher Blog. Jenny is a hard working individual who is a true advocate for children getting outside & engaging in messy, authentic play. Jenny is an Australian early childhood educator, but her influence & inspiration have impacted across the globe.

I hope that other bloggers out there will cast their votes in these awards. As most of us do this for the love of what we do & in our own time, it's nice to receive acknowledgement from your peers.

Good Luck Jenny!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

PreK and K Sharing

PreK + K Sharing

I am honoured to be included in a blog sharing initiative of Debbie Clements from Rainbows Within Reach. Debbie has invited a range of blogger from various backgrounds, locations & areas of interest & expertise to share a post each month. This is a wonderful opportunity for us as early childhood professionals to work alongside colleagues we might not otherwise have the chance to collaborate with. Through sharing ideas & providing different perspectives all of us as readers can become more knowledgeable & balanced in our approach. There have been many before me so please check them out by going to the Prek and K Sharing site. You can also view my introductory post here.

Many of the contributors you will find on my blog roll down the right side of this page, but take a gander as we say in Aus & you might find a gem of a post from a wonderful blogger I am yet to discover.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How Do You Reflect?

Just a quick post. I often sit down to reflect on my day & wonder what I could have done differently or how I could have improved on what happened. While I also acknowledge when things go well, I am usually very harsh on myself. I find the smallest fault with how the day went. While constructive self criticism can be critical for effective professional growth, I do believe that sometimes I can be a bit harsh on myself.

What about you? how do you reflect on your daily practice?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Melbourne Cup



For those of you outside Australia the Melbourne Cup is a horse race. But it's much more than that for many Australians.


Yes, the race attracts supreme attention. So much so that almost every single Australia adult has a flutter of some sort or another. Yet there is so much more that people get involved for.


For one, the fashion stakes are super high throughout the entire Spring Carnival. While both the guys & girls go to great lengths to choose their wardrobe carefully, It's usually the headwear that catches most people's eyes. Hats of all shapes & sizes can be seen adorning numerous heads.


However, there are also items known as fascinators that are becoming more & more popular. It is these items that were the inspiration of our day last week. Using mainly pipe cleaners & feathers we had our own fashion parade.




















As you would expect if you know me at all, I just had to get in on the act.



Don't they just look amazing? So now you have had a brief insight into Australian culture.






Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Movember


This month has gone through a name change. Many of us now refer to it as Movember due to the movement to raise money for men's health & depression. If you want to check out what they're about check them out here.

If you would like to donate by contributing to my personal Mospace you can access that here.


I'm sure you are all aware that it is vitally important to get behind such a good cause as men have traditionally been reluctant to seek help in relation to their health. There has generally been a 'she'll be right mate' mentality. In addition, men suffer from depression in far greater numbers then women, most likely due the same reluctance. The fact that young Aussie men are among the highest rate of suicide in the world should be reason enough to take action.

I hope to see many of you stopping by. Thanks in advance.
Greg