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Monday, December 10, 2012

I've been making certificates! Each child in my class is getting one Friday.

The certificates congratulate the kids for surviving the year with me (as a first year teacher they were my guinea pigs) and have a wordle. To create the wordle I got the kids to write their name on a piece of paper, then they had to give leave their paper on their desk while every other child in the class wrote nice things about them on their paper. I then input all the words from their paper into wordle.com, and ta-da! A personalised word cloud for each child. Just in case that makes no sense, and example is below.

Cute, no? I have laminated them so they last. I hope when they are having a bad day they can look at them and remember that they have lots of awesome qualities, and that they are good kids.

It is my birthday on Friday, so we are having a relaxed day. I am taking in a cake, we are going to do arts and crafts, and then watch movie. The good thing about my birthday being during the last week of school is that I can actually have a lax day with the kids and it is OK. It wouldn't fly in June!

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LIVEDAILY 12/10/2012 10:14PM

    The certificates are nice! This is your last week of school?? When did school start for you, and when does it start again?? It's SO different from the states!

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CARLA-216 12/10/2012 3:54PM

    That's a great and thoughtful idea! I think you are an awesome teacher!

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LYNSEY723 12/10/2012 1:39PM

    That is so awesome!! Love it!

Friday sounds like a great day! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/10/2012 7:24AM

    Great idea! Enjoy!!!!

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JSTETSER 12/10/2012 6:13AM

    What a great day to appreciate your class.
You are a teacher with real class!
Have a great day.
When does your school year end?

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/10/2012 5:55AM

    Totally cute! I have never seen that website, thanks for sharing. I know the kids will love thier certificates! Have a great last week of school!

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GHOSTFLAMES 12/10/2012 4:31AM

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TJCADDO 12/10/2012 3:48AM

    What a way to make each student feel special and recognized for qualities they possess.Sounds like you are going to be one of those memorable teachers.

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Wearing shorts in public for the first time since I was 12

Saturday, December 08, 2012

71.1kg and wearing shorts! Yahoo!!

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CARLA-216 12/10/2012 3:53PM

    WooHoo! Looking mighty good doing it too!

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AUSFAM 12/10/2012 3:03PM

    And looking good! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 12/9/2012 12:40PM

    I can totally relate to this! I haven't braved shorts in years. Maybe this summer I will.

Congrats! You look GREAT! I'll bet you feel great, too!

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/9/2012 7:27AM

    You look totally great in shorts!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/9/2012 6:16AM

    Way to go! Looking great! I know what you are talking about it, I haven't worn shorts for ever either...maybe this summer. Way to ROCK THEM!

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BETHANNGRAY121 12/8/2012 11:20PM

    Yay! Looking good! Beautiful!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/8/2012 8:25PM

    awesome! great job!

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X5X52000 12/8/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon You look great!

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SLIMMERKIWI 12/8/2012 5:35PM

    What's that song .............."Sexy Lady" ???? - LOL!
You look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!


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LILLEAN 12/8/2012 5:10PM

    Wow you look amazing emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 12/8/2012 4:53PM

    You look great in those shorts! If you live where I do, you'd find a way to wear shorts a lot! I was in shorts as recently as yesterday. I want to look as good as you do when I wear them next year!

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Action World

Friday, December 07, 2012

Before the storm hit we managed to have a ball at Action World. I can only share the photos of me, and the children's faces have been covered for privacy reasons.

"Smile, Miss Bubble!"

Move over, kiddos! It's Miss Bubbles turn!

"Don't take a picture of me struggling to get out of the air bag!" - Sometimes they don't listen!

"Will you verse me, Miss Bubble?" I won!

Hmmm... The kids weren't the only ones who had fun!!

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    So glad you had a great day!

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LIVEDAILY 12/7/2012 8:50PM

    That looks like awesome fun!! What kind of storm was it that hit?? Just a really bad thunderstorm, or something worse?

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LYNSEY723 12/7/2012 2:51PM

    Looks like a blast!

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5km radius of my house

Thursday, December 06, 2012

There was a major storm yesterday. 3 people were killed, including the parent of children from my school. A tornado ripped through 2 suburbs next to my house. These are pictures of the damage

I drove through some of the damage today (some roads have reopened) and it was huge. These pictures don't do it justice. There are huge trees that have either been uprooted or that are snapped in half. Parts of the motorway sound wall are gone. Entire roofs have been lifted off. Hundreds of people are without power, many have no where to live. My gyms basketball courts were turned into an evacuation centre after boot camp last night.

Luckily, my suburb is fine, completely undamaged. Hard to believe that only a couple of km up the road there is damage like this!

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    OMG! Thank goodness you and the children were okay on your field trip!

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LYNSEY723 12/7/2012 12:01PM

    Oh my goodness. My thoughts are with the families affected. I am happy to hear you and your family are okay.


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CARLA-216 12/7/2012 7:21AM

    I saw on the news last evening about the storms and tornado that hit your area and my thoughts immediately turned to you. Wow, I had no idea it was that close to you. So scary and very sad about the loss of life, as well as the damage and destruction to property. I am so glad you are fine, and I hope for others as quick a recovery as possible back to normal.

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PATSYB7 12/7/2012 5:39AM

    My heart goes out to you and your community. I am praying for a speedy recovery. emoticon

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BARCLE 12/7/2012 3:44AM

    No words hon, our centre just went crazy with it (as you can imagine) so glad you're okay but still totally sucks emoticon xox

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/6/2012 11:12PM

    I'm so sad about the devastation that happened and that 3 people were killed. The loss of a parent for a child is so difficult. These things happen in a blink of an eye and we never know what will happen next.
I hope your area has a quick recovery of the basics that everyone needs.
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Sweat tastes like success

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I got some strength training in (about 15 minutes worth) then headed into boxing. You know you are working hard when sweat runs down your face and into your mouth WITH the air conditioning on. Yep. Today there was no doubt about it, it was all me!

Today was a pretty nice day. My kids did a writing sample to show their progress from the start of the year, and most of them have improved heaps! I am so proud of them! Then we did some topic work, and then I had some release time. Tomorrow is our class trip, and it is going to be AWESOME! We are going to an inflatable playland with slides and trapeze and swings... Should be heaps of fun!

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    Sweat = Success!!! Love it!

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LIVEDAILY 12/5/2012 8:20PM

    Have a great time!!

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LYNSEY723 12/5/2012 1:00PM

    Sounds like so much fun!!! Enjoy!!

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PATSYB7 12/5/2012 6:51AM

    Thanks for sharing your good news! Have a great day! emoticon

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