Holding the Umbrella

A few years ago, when I was working at a girls’ school, I used to dread the ‘morning duty’. I don’t particularly mind morning duties usually, but at this school it required a lot of effort. During the winter months we would need to stand out in the cold, waiting for the cars to arrive at the ‘kiss and drop’ station.

12 Behaviour Management Tips for Relief Teachers

Those who are newer to my blog might not know that before I became a mum, and before my years as a full-time primary school teacher, I was a relief teacher here in Australia for a long two years. Oh, how clearly I remember the challenges that season brought for me! One thing that you soon come to learn when relief teaching is that a good behaviour management plan is everything.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Navigating Narrative Writing Part 1

A completed narrative is quite a lengthy assignment for children compared to the other sorts of projects they are usually tasked with. That is why it is helpful to have some strategies up your sleeve to encourage your children as they work on their narrative writing skills. I have taken the time to put together some of my top tips for teaching narrative writing so that you can find them all in one place and start using them today!

How To Use Student Choice Boards for ELA Assessment

Assessing English Language Arts (ELA) can be quite a challenge. There’s so much to cover and it’s hard to know where to start. Well, let me share a strategy with you that will be able to make your ELA assessments a little easier.

Why I Let My 4-Month-Old Play the Piano

In the first few months of life, babies are constantly forming and strengthening their neural connections. Most people are aware of this fact, yet many still underestimate what babies can understand. I believe there’s a lot that these little treasures can understand and are capable of at this young age, and the teacher in me can’t help but get excited about my role in helping these early skills develop.

Let Us Not Become So Focused On The Future That We Forget About Our History

In today’s world, education needs to be continuously evolving in order to keep up with the latest technological and scientific developments. It does make me question though, if there are areas of learning that become buried under all of it. After all, there comes a point where educators simply need to make decisions about what to prioritise, but I wonder how many of them are prioritising history.

The Problem with Maths: Promoting Problem-Solving Skills

Problem-solving is such as essential skill for children to learn, as it is relevant to so many areas of life. It is often taught within the context of mathematics, although I don’t believe that it should only be taught in that context. If you are a teacher or a parent, you may be wondering how you can help promote your children’s problem-solving skills.


Sunlight was streaming through the window. Slowly, we got out of bed. Our usual routine began.

Don’t Forget to Write! – Grappling with Grammar Part 1

Grammar is almost never at the top of students’ ‘favourite subjects’ lists and can often be taught in ways that are repetitive or just plain boring. This is likely because English grammar involves so many rules, and repetitive practice is necessary for memorizing rules. That doesn’t mean that it can’t still be fun to learn though!