Thursday, August 23, 2012

Uni or On the Job!

Most mornings that I’m not working I like to pop on channel 7 and watch Sunrise and The Morning Show to keep me awake. This morning one of the main stories was whether it is better to go to university and get a degree on jump straight into on the job training. There was a little debate on both sides of the fence so I thought I’d throw my two cents worth in here.

For me, Uni was amazing and 3 fantastic years of my life mainly because of the people and friends I made on the journey. It really was all about the journey and fun we had along the way. There was some learning but many more adventures, chips in the park, lecture escapes and moments that even to this day have the 5 uni kids in fits of laughter remembering them!!!!! 

We learnt a lot about teaching (when we were actually present teehee) but nothing our lectures could say would really prepare us for ‘being’ teachers with our own classes. Our course was excellent in the way that we had frequent prac visits and long term placements over the 3 years and that is where the real learning took place (at least for me it did!) 

So my take is, uni, academia and getting a degree is important for many careers but on the job training mixed in with the exams and assignments is also extremely important so that you can step into your new job with confidence in how the workplace runs because it’s very different to a lecture hall (or run down classroom in our case!) 

But also to be clear, I certainly do not think you need to go to university and have a degree to be successful in your job, but I do recognise that many profession do require that extensive training and education before you can step into the position! It’s all about finding a balance and knowing what is valuable to the employer would be a great way to improve our university programs!!!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

When Perfection Isn’t the Best!

As everybody would know, the Olympics has very recently ended after two weeks of fierce completion and constant reminders of Australia’s ‘Poor Metal Tally’ and performance in the 2012 games. 

Can’t say I’m a huge fan of the Olympics. I must admit I woke up at 5:30am to watch the Opening Ceremony (coffee in hand) and caught a glimpse of some swimming, cycling, rowing and BMX but that’s about it. All in all, I watched about 2 hours of the Olympic Games. I’ve never been a great fan of sports (playing or watching) and for the past two weeks have pretty much been flat chat with work, planning and cleaning! 

Maybe I tuned into the media more or maybe I cared a little more this time around, but I heard a lot of Olympic games reports on the news, social media and radio along with lots of photos and interview with athletes along the way. I must say I was most appalled at the negative attention these games seemed to get about Australia’s performance. 

Why does it matter if we didn’t get the most gold medals or why one of our top Olympic swimmers won Silver rather than Gold? Finger pointing to find who was to blame for Australia coming 10th rather than 1st! What happened to being grateful for the opportunity to just be part of the Olympic game and don’t get me started on not being grateful for winning a medal regardless of the colour! 

As a teacher if I had a student complain to me that they came second in a game rather than first I’d probably tell them to ‘get over it’! Is that mean, I don’t think so it’s just realistic! My biggest focus when playing a game with children at school is enjoying the experience and having a go, not winning first place! Very few win first, but all can enjoy the journey. 

All athletes who competed in these Olympic Games just gone should be proud just for the fact that they were representing our country in the top of their sporting field and I would hope that the majority of the Australia public felt the same way, rather than disappointed in the end numbers! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Houses have Seasons

Does your house change with the seasons? Our house does! I’ve been loving seeing the different transformations our house has done through as we pass through different months and seasons of the year. We still have August, September, October and November to experience yet (we were here for December last year!) 

The thing I noticed first was how the sun shines in at different angles and levels as the times of the year change. I’m not stupid, I always knew this happened but its fun to see how it changes the ambience of the house, even the smell! One morning I’m washing up, enjoying the fresh air and backyard outside, next day I’m blinded by rays of sunlight and have to lower the blind a little. I’m thinking of buying a ‘Rainbow Maker’ to hang on the kitchen window so I can watch the colours of light dart around the room during the day! 

I haven’t so much enjoyed learning how icy cold our house can get in the middle of winter. Some mornings the tiles are so cold that walking on them with bare feet physically hurts. Even socks are not good enough to keep the warmth in and both Jeff and I have invested in warm uggy boots! I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a nice big rug for the living room but am also a little put off by keeping it clean with a blind puppy dog and a husband with dirty shoes!


 So maybe you think it’s boring that I’d notice these things and even find them interesting enough to blog about but I rather consider it enjoying the simple things in life and taking time out of our busy lives to notice small changes which in some cases can have a big impact on our mood and energy levels for the day ahead! Do you notice the little changes around your house and find them intriguing? If not, I challenge you to start looking for them and enjoying the simple things in life!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Channeling the Inner Blogger!

It’s been well over a month since I’ve blogged and even then my posts have been few and far in between. Lately my inner blogger has been circling my mind, trying very hard to force me back to the keyboard to write something, anything of interest but each time I’ve pushed those thought to the back of my mind and carried on with my day. Not because I don’t want blog but because I’ve been too busy to sit down and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as it would be!)

Life has been busy, teaching has been hectic and the months ahead look to be much the same. But here goes, following my inner blogger I will try to post here a little more often with something of value or interest so keep an eye out!