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Preparing for Christmas 4.0

I’ve had another busy and productive week. At school we’ve started getting right into the Christmas Concert rehearsals and at home I’ve been keeping up with all my training ending with a 14km run on Saturday.

This weekend at home we have got right into the whole Christmas thing by getting a Christmas tree. I have to say it’s one of the best Christmas trees I’ve seen – and real too. I’ll take some photos and upload them onto facebook soon.

It’s difficult to believe this will be my fourth Christmas here in the UK. We’ve made plans to have a proper family Christmas this year with my adopted family joining us here – so it’s going to be first Christmas involving children in years – crazy when I think that these days in Australia I have 5 nieces and nephews that were’nt around when I was last in Australia for Christmas!

This week’s planned KM: 32

This week’s actual KM: 32

Total KM: 136

One Extremely busy week down.

I have just had one of the busiest weeks of this year, yet it has also been extremely productive. It’s funny how in looking back, I managed to get everything done, still do all my training and still find down time throughout the week to have some ‘me’ time. Despite school trips, the usual staff meetings and marking schoolwork, catching up with my weekly tv fix, and running 29km this week, I still found myself spending numerous hours throughout the week preparing for a lesson observation on Tuesday and an interview that I had on Friday morning.

The interview marks a pivotal moment in my life here in the UK. Four years down, and with four years at my current school I decided it was time to consider promotions within other schools – and with lots of hard work and help from a number of people, I managed to get shortlisted and interviewed, and indeed was successful in getting the job! So in mid February I will say goodbye to my current school after four years and begin a new era in my UK life. It’s weird thinking that almost all my time living here in the UK has been at my current school, so understandably it will be an emotional time when I leave. But that aside – I will have amazing opportunities ahead of me when I take up the role of Phase Leader of KS1 and ICT Leader. Big responsibilities and a considerable payrise too.

But for now, my focus remains on my training and this week I clocked up 29km – which included a 13km run on Saturday morning. It’s one way to clear the mind – and in fact do lots of my thinking about what is going on around me.

This week’s planned KM:  29

This week’s actual KM: 29

Total KM: 104

The pasta eating begins

Second week into my marathon training and it’s time to begin eating my food to fuel my running – and pasta it is. I’ve been out running this week, and despite having an unplanned 2 day break from training do to a fever, I’ve appropriately made up the runs in the later end of the week, although it was a little more difficult than I had expected.

The exciting news this weekend is that I have another newphew – Riley Francis. That really is exciting – 5 nephews and nieces under the age of 3. it’s looking like a busy month of christmas shopping coming up soon!

This week’s planned KM: 26

This week’s actual KM: 26

Total KM: 51

ITI Journal #6: Online Resources

There is a plethora of resources available out there on the World Wide Web. The daunting task is distinguishing the fantastic from the futile. I’m always keen to check out new websites and resources that I come across on the Internet, and the emergence of Web 2.0 only feeds my excitement about the endless possibilities available to me as a teacher and on a broader level, as a professional. The important thing to remember is that we try and keep on top of whats new in terms of online resources on the Internet, and not become complacent with the “good enough” ones we already have.

It’s always interesting to have new websites referred to me by friends, family and colleagues and as such, I think I am fairly well placed in that regard. In return I like to think of myself as someone who is always happy to share resources I stumble across as well. Hopefully, for the purposes of this subject, I will be beginning to place a range of the online resources I have come across and/or often use on a page attached to this blog. That way, it is a simple matter of directing anyone who is interested to that page for reference.

ITI Journal #4: The Coaching Cycle

The coaching cycle; assessing, setting goals, preparing, implementing and reflecting/debriefing seems a simple set of guidelines. It could be associated with so many things – general teaching practice, incorporating any new classroom practice or school project. As such the ideas within the cycle do seem a familiar concept that I have come across through university studies and other professional development experiences. To be used in association with incoporating a peer coaching plan though, is a different story and is new to me.

 As time goes by I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of introducing this all to my colleagues, and working collaboratively with them. The initial meeting should be an interesting experience, because I will finally be able to put some of my hypothetical ideas to comparison with what points come from the participating teachers.

I expect I will be finding myself consulting with peers within the forums for this subject and with others that I am in contact with throughout the school (including my superiors) and outside of my school environment. Just like with the participating teachers, I think it important that we all have a support network of peers and likeminded people that we can turn to in times of need, or just when we want to bounce an idea or two off. After all, peer coaching is essentially a collaborative effort where we all learn from each other.

Seeing in 2008 in Sydney

Sydney New Year 2007/8 from LondonI’ve spent the last hour or so seeing in the New Year in Sydney from my very own pad here in London. I’ve been tuned into Sydney radio, in SMS communication with friends and family in Australia and of course the associated links with Facebook and MSN Messenger.

Possibly a little over the top, but it’s interesting to note how the internet and other forms of technology can bring family andc friends closer together, particularly at times such as Christmas and New Year. It’s means I can celebrate “their” new year alongside them, despite being 10 000km away.

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