2016, Blogging, Life, Travel

Still alive

So, I know I have been absent for some time but I needed a break.


I had a very hectic month in December what with the end of school, being ill and then going away over Xmas. I am back though and feeling better refreshed and have lots of things to share.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year?

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Journal, Life

Sickness and journalling

I’ve been on and off work for the last week and a bit. I’ve been feeling really under the weather and it got the better of me last week. I have used this time sleeping and recovering and as I’ve been feeling better I’ve used this time to catch up on my journal.

I’ve also been exploring some new forms of journaling and have done some reading and youtube watching about Bullet journaling. Some interesting examples can be found on Marie claire UK, Life hacker and this in depth, one month in look at what worked and changes were made to make the system work from Boho Berry.

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My Top 8 Great Blog Reads

Looking for a good read, Check out some of these.

  1. Vicky FlipFlop Travels – Sziget Festival – Some excellent on site info about this music festival. I went a couple of years back and really enjoyed it, we didn’t camp, but the atmosphere is awesome. I look forward to hearing more about the festival in coming posts.
  2. So obsessed with – September recap + what’s on my shelves – An interesting look into a bloggers life in September.
  3. In a faraway land – There are some great posts here with lots of travel info, especially for New Zealand where I am currently.
  4.  The Horizon Chaser – Looking for a good donut in Melbourne? Come check out this Donut crawl, listing some of the best and worst places to get a donut.
  5. Make, Take & Teach – a great teaching blog that I stumbled upon in my search for resources.
  6. More Than A Dash Of Salt – A yummy recipe for nut clusters.
  7. Live Craft Eat – Where I got the recipe to make cinnamon buns from. they were TASTY!!!!
  8. Teacher created Resources – Starting up a classroom means finding lots of ideas and sourcing resources so I have been reading this blog for great ideas.

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National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015
#NaBloPoMo15, Life

Lets share over a coffee……

Grab a coffee and come, sit and have a chat with me.

fancy chai teaIf we were having coffee together…. I would be telling you all about my week and the crazy antics we got up to at school.

If we were having coffee together…… 
I might be
drinking tea and eating cake, my guilty pleasure is coffee and chocolate cake!

If we were having coffee together…….. I’d be telling you about my plans for this summer holiday and how I’m looking forward to a visit to the south island. We are going to Queenstown for Christmas.

If we were having coffee together ……….. I would tell youiced coffee about the book I’m reading called The Daughter of the Empire and how great the series is. Although I’d be mourning my lack of time for reading at the moment.

If we were having coffee together……. I would tell you how much I need to find the motivation to go workout again. How rubbish I feel because I haven’t been working out and how my random pains keep popping up which means I need to workout before it gets worse.

If we were having coffee together…….. I might have an iced one as it’s finally starting to get warm now.

If we were having coffee together …….  I would tell you how I have finally put in my qualifications assessment so I can get paid the correct amount. This is exciting because I’ll get back pay and hopefully get quite a lot.

If we were having coffee together ……….. I’d share the most exciting news I got this week was that I got a full time teaching job for next year. At the same, lovely school I’m currently working at. I’m looking forward to starting a classroom again from the start of the year.

So, come, share a coffee with me and let’s catch up. What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

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Other posts you may enjoy

October reading list

Interview with Dan Vickers

Bookish holidays

National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015

3 Myths and Realities About Fostering Resilience in Young People

A really interesting article about resilience in children, it is such an important thing to help grow.

The Future of Education

1) Myth: Resilient youngsters must be pessimists.

Reality: Not so. Many people mistakenly believe that resilient children and teens must be cynical or pessimistic, but actually the opposite is true.

According to PBS This Emotional Life resilience can be defined as, “the capacity to withstand stress and catastrophe.” A 15-year study by Dr. Martin Seligman found that optimism is the key to fostering emotional strength. Resilient young people are realistically optimistic. They don’t blindly see pie in the sky at all times. Instead, they willfully seek the silver lining within dark clouds, preferring to focus on the good in difficult situations.

2) Myth: Adversity automatically leads to predetermined consequences.

Reality: Nothing could be further from the truth. The ABC model of resilience proposed by Albert Ellis in 1962 posits that adversity leads to beliefs leads to consequences.




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brotherhood award

Brotherhood of the world blogger award

I have been nominated by the wonderful Arpita over at Arpita’s travelogue for the brotherhood of the world blogger award. A big thank you for this kind nomination.

Getting awards from other blogger reminds me of the kind and generous nature of everyone in the blogging community so i’m always happy to pay it forward.

So here are the rules…

Step 1 is to acknowledge the nomination, see above.

Step 2. This requires me to display the badge of the ‘Brotherhood of the World Award’; which I will now proudly display:

brotherhood award

Step 3 is to answer the questions set by the lovely person who has nominated you:

What inspires you the most in life?

I am inspired by children mostly as a teacher i see so much imagination and freedom from them that i wish i could go back to that carefree time. As that is not possible i try to match it in my daily life. I also find travel and reading inspiring as well, so try to do lots of both.

Whats your favourite childhood memory?

hmmmmm this is tough one, i have enjoyed many family holidays within the UK with my family and i have a fairly vivid memory of being in the south of the uk sitting on a gate post pretending to be a gnome. lol. not sure why.

Whats your favourite book?

My favourite book would definitely have to be The Hobbit. It is a book i have read many time since i was little and love it more each time i read it.

If you could spend a day with a famous personality, who would it be & why?

I would love to spent time with J.R.R Tolkein, author of the The Hobbit, as i would love to know how he came up with the ideas for his books and learn more about his writing process.

Whats the story behind the title of your blog?

I have seen many travel blogs and blogs about teaching but felt that s a teaching who is travelling i had a slightly different angle to share my experiences in classrooms across three countries. I think it is a way t share my reflections, things i’ve learned and general ideas. It also allows me a chance to share my travels in more details with friends and family back home.

Moving on to Step 4, it is now time to start nominating other bloggers worthy of this award!

They are:

And now, finally, Step 5 where I think up five questions of my own, for my nominees to answer:

  1. What inspires you to blog?
  2. If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
  3. Where is your favourite travel destination?
  4. What memory of school stands out the most?
  5. What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Thanks again Arpita for the nomination and congratulations to the nominee’s.


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classroom pencils

What i’ve been reading in class – Imagination topic

Our whole school theme for this term is imagination, so the book i’ve chosen to read are ones which encourage the children to use their imaginations. They are also books which may encourage creative play, writing or story telling ideas and art or craft activities. I love finding great books to share with children and have miss chosen before with a couple of books. I find that as long as you can recognise when the kids are not interested in the book and be open to moving onto a new activity you will be ok.

My recent miss was with My Pen by Christopher Myers, this book just wasn’t colourful or gripping enough for children that young. I’m sure for older readers, who have the patience to work through the beginning which sets the scene for the character and why his pen is so important, it will be perfect for them.

Journey by Aaron Becker

This is a beautiful book which has no words. I really enjoyed discussing the pictures with the children and we told a great story about the little girl and her journey with the magic red crayon. This produced some great art and story telling from the kids as they drew a red door and then explained what was on the authorised of their red door.

Quest by Aaron Becker

The second book about the same characters as in journey.

The story continues with the magic crayons and as i don’t want to spoil the story you’ll have to read it to find out what happens. As in the first book the pictures are beautifully created and contain lots of details which produces great conversations and encourages the children to tell the story from the pictures.

When Henry caught Imaginitis – Nick Bland

I know i have posted about this book before but this is a perfect one for encouraging imagination in children. It shows what happened when Henry, a very serious boy, had a couple of thoughts which lead to unexpected things. I am going to share this with the class next week so will update with the children reactions.

Not a stick by Antoinette Portis

This book captures the enjoyment children get when turning their imagination simple things like sticks and making them into all sorts of wonderful things.

I am going to share this with the class next week so will update with the children reactions.

Not a box by Antoinette Portis

This book captures the enjoyment children get when turning their imagination simple things like sticks and making them into all sorts of wonderful things.

I am going to share this with the class next week so will update with the children reactions.

For more books that kids love to read check out these wonderful reading books for kids.

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Substitute Teaching as Learning

I stumbled upon this while on pinterest and I will be keeping a watchful eye on all the new ideas and hope I can share as many.
Substitute teaching is a skill in itself and a massive learning curve which helps you grow and become a better teacher.

Christina Pocklington's Digital Portfolio

Before the 2013-2014 school year begins, it’s high time that I update my blog. I learned a great deal from subbing last year, and I trust that education continues this year. While getting settled in each classroom, I try to take five minutes to understand how each teacher sets up his/her classroom and how the flow of the day works. I love the bins with clearly labeled genres enticing children to read in a comfy corner. As someone who loves exploring science, areas where students can freely explore different concepts and objects on their own time are really exciting for me to see.

I’ve also observed the delicate balance of what to hang on the walls–walls should be colorful, welcoming, useful, and interactive where appropriate. Above all, if it’s necessary daily information, it has to be big enough and clear enough so that everyone can read it from almost anywhere…

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1 Tactic That Will Help You Grow Your Following: Meet and Greet

Dream Big, Dream Often

imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

The wonderfully kind and helpful Anand over at Blabberwockying has nominated me for this award. You should check out his blog and some inspirational insights into the world, Also the 6 word stories are pretty good to :-).

Since it is taking me so long to accept this award i have actually been nominated twice. Thanks goes out to Jackie over at Arts, Crafts, Food and things for a second nomination.

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