Saturday, 24 October 2015

Hamburger Collages

My class have been loving making collages in the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a few pics of our awesome artworks.

We began our unit getting all inspired by Claes Oldenburg and his amazing Pop Art sculptures & 'floor' artworks. After focusing on the floor burger and exploring that collage is "cutting with scissors" (thank you Henri Matisse), we made our own Burger PopArt Collages.

The kiddos used some of my templates to cut out their own pieces from felt, paper, tissue paper & cellophane, as well as making some of their own.

If you would like to make your own, I have the templates available in my store that are easily photocopied onto coloured paper to create the collages. To celebrate, it's half price (only $1.50) for the next week. Click on the any of the images above or this link to purchase.

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Monday, 12 October 2015

I Can Do That! & Freebie Reflection Worksheets

I have just finished my new I Can Do That: Reflect & Review Worksheets and to celebrate I have a sneak peak of the packet and a freebie to share!

This packet of 20 worksheets are perfect to be used before or after a  range of different activities, for example, after story time, for independently reading or at the beginning and end of the year to share what students know quickly. All activities are black & white, ideal for colouring and photocopying. 

The pack contains the following worksheets:
*10 Things/20 Things I know;
*What I know/What I now know writing pages;
*In 10 Words & In 20 Words list;
*Before & After;
*Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down pages;
*Describe It, Note it & Wonderwall pages;
*I Feel/I think pages;

For a sneaky sneak peak download this freebie for 2 free worksheets.

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Term 4 No Chore Linky: Organising for the End of Year Clean Up

Here in Australia, we are in our final term of school for the year {eek}. It is always a super busy term with reports, assessments, Christmas activities, school performances and the end of year clean up that comes with the job. 

With only 10 more weeks to go, it's getting to crunch time! I am linking up with some fantastic blogging friends to share some tips to survive and be super organised for the end of the year. After you read my tip, make sure you go to the link up below to find other fantastic ideas to survive Term 4 :)

Term 4 No Chore Tip
One of the biggest tasks at the end of the year is cleaning up, especially if you are needing to change classrooms. I am the checklist queen and find having a list at the end of the year really helps. Over the years, I have moved from scribbled notes EVERYWHERE to having a typed up checklist.

Here is a pdf copy you may like, with a blank version for you to write on. For other great teaching ideas follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest!

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

30 Random Things I have Learnt in 30 years

We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year in Australia, with only 10 weeks to go, I am weirdly super organised, at least this week! Since I am so organised for next week, today I've had a bit of free thinking time and have realised I am scarily halfway through my 30th year on this planet so I am feeling pretty reflective. And happy, dammit! 

It's Spring here, the sun is shining and I am grateful. So I am going to share the wise things I've learnt so far in life, nothing earth shattering but some are positive, some are negative and some things are just weird.

Here are my 30 Random Things I've Learnt in 30 years* (in no particular order)... 
*Apologies for the swapping between 1st and 3rd person.

1. Start the day being grateful for what you have. 
Some days, particularly teaching, things get overwhelming. You're running around, planning, assisting, trying to teach, doing first aid, counselling kids, listening to parents, dealing with ridiculous meetings, etc. I'm a great one for letting everything get on top of me but taking a few minutes to remember how lucky I am makes a hell of a difference later in the day.

2. Wear sunscreen. Every. damn. day.
There is this wicked horrible thing called pigmentation which has exploded on my face this year. I've been good at the sunscreen thing since my early 20's however I didn't know you should wear physical sunscreen not chemical sunscreen until a few years ago. Google it. Wear it.

3. I am harder on myself than anyone else can ever be. Other people really don't judge as much as I think they do.
I am my worst critic, hardest criticiser  I will stress and kick my arse about everything. A 100 times worse than anyone else will. Breathe and let go.

4. Don't throw anything to me. Ever. I can't catch.
Apparently this is because I didn't crawl as a baby. Who knew.

5. Dance in the car, who cares if anyone is watching. Say for singing badly.
Because it's fun!

6. Getting in to discussions with ppl you have only just met about religion and politics always ends in disaster. Especially if you're drinking.
But I still keep doing it...

7. Don't argue on Facebook.
Just don't do it.

8. Exercise everyday & (try to) meditate.
I go to yoga, Body Balance and I walk. I've been going to Meditation once a week run by a Buddhist monk. And I feel good! My brain is less full, more peaceful and happy. Keep that smile on your mind :)

9. Some people won't like me and that's ok. I probably won't like them either.

10. Take photos.
A lot of them, especially in the classroom. Take the serious ones but take a ton of silly ones too.

11. Laugh
And mean it!

12. Take time out! To watch bad 80s movies or Notting Hill for the 100th time.
There is always, always, always something to be done. I could plan and organise every day for the rest of my life and there would still be stuff to do in my classroom. Relax sometimes. You'll be a better teacher and human being because of it.

13. Apple and nut butter is delicious.

14. Even if it sounds disgusting or scary, try it.
I'm not talking about doing anything unsafe but I am saying trying the things you think you won't like. Some of the best things I have ever done or eaten I have been petrified of. Like eating Sushi or climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge. I now couldn't live without sushi and I loved the bridge. Ditto for chair lifts, climbing mountains, parasailing. I still want to zip line and bungee jump. I'm really not a fan of heights/falling.

15. Getting lost can be bloody terrifying but there is always someone who will stop to help.
Japan, 2008 at Hiroshima. It got dark really, really quickly and I got lost coming back from the Atomic Bomb Memorial. Badly lost. I am forever grateful to the lady who seeing me freaking out over a map got me on a bus in the right direction. I puffy heart you.

16. I can't speak languages other than English, therefore I will make an absolute fool out of myself in foreign countries.
France, 2013, Monet's garden, asking for one ticket to get on the bus, said "une" instead of "un". Man on bus laughed, pointed and told French people on the bus. Good times.

17. I like bread but it doesn't like me. Ditto for diary. 
I think it's been getting older. It kinda sucks but I feel better. 

18. Plant stuff & remember to water it.
I love our garden. A few things have died but I really enjoy the planting and watching stuff grow. And talking to my plants like a crazy lady.

19. Love hard, love lots.
Friendships have come and gone but I am thankful for all of the people who I have been fortunate enough to love.

20. If you're invited to something you don't aways have to go but balance out the No's.
Social situations can sometimes send me into a panic but it really is good if I go but sometimes it's ok to stay home too.

21. When at a music festival always have hand sanitiser & packets of tissues in your bag.
And try to use the port-a-loos early in the day. Yeah, gross fact but learnt the hard way.

22. If you're tired, sleep.
Like a Nanna.

23. Dark chocolate is actually delicious and better for you.
Green and Black's 70% I love you.

24. Always order a margarita with extra salt.

25. If you want to do something, do it but just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you have to. Really.
Confusing much?! Going against the crowd can be absolutely fantastic!

26. Go to the movies or out to dinner by yourself every once in a while.
I'm married and I still do this occasionally. I get to have a whole tub of popcorn to myself. Winning.

27. Forgive yourself.
Holding on to stuff makes it worse. Breathe, write in a diary, sitract yourself, let go.

28. If a parent comes in to work furious, there is ALWAYS more to the story.
School is a safe zone, if parents come in screaming, yes there'll be an issue but it'll be fixable. Things will be done to fix this problem, unfortunately things like a marriage breakdown, a dying parent, a kid diagnosed with autism, are not fixable things.

29. Drink lots of water. At least 2 litres a day.
UTIs are hideous. Drink lots and lots of water every day. Good for the skin too.

30. Never wear moisturiser to the gym.
Been caught out trying to do tree pose one too many times.

Happy weekend,

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Currently October

Feeling the blog-guilt this month, from a lack of proper posting (something that I have in common with Farley) but at least I'm linking up for Currently!

It is finally Spring here, we have a gorgeous week of mid 30's (90F) ahead and I am coming to the end of 4 weeks off of school (2 weeks long service leave + 2 weeks Spring break). 

I am a much nicer person when the weather is nicer :) So I have been running (first time ever peeps), enjoying the sun and listening to a lot of Florence!

I, however, have not been planning. At. All. Tomorrow, peeps, tomorrow... hopefully :) The sun is distracting ok! And so is Netflix...

Happy Halloween month to those in the Northern hemisphere! Very jealous that you have everything pumpkin-related. I guess in Australia we do get the sun this time of year, so shouldn't complain!

I feel boo-tiful when I know I am eating well and therefore feeling SO good. The month off of work has been great for getting my head on straight and I have to say, I am feeling pretty damn HOT at the minute :) Most be all of the yoga, walking and running.

Happy October everyone,
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