The Creative Teacher Project

An NQT Bringing Creativity to the Classroom

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Congruent Communication with Haim Ginott

I’m currently writing my classroom management philosophy for a university assignment, and discovered this gem. Don’t believe people when they say developmental psychologists aren’t funny – it might only happy once in your life so better be prepared! I love Ginott’s theories, and it’s nice to see them in a lighthearted context. Managing misbehaviour doesn’t have to be so serious all the time! “I am feeling acrimonious!” Ha!

Catch a glimpse of a young Barbara Walters too. Nice hair Babs.


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Harder than I thought

Last night, I put the following status up on my personal Facebook wall:

Ok brain. You’re not allowed to take that long to do the next essay.

It’s assessment time of the semester. I sort of stumbled into it without realising, and a week into study break suddenly realised I have a TONNE of work to do. Plus a trip away next weekend. Plus a new house to clean and move into. Plus a long-distance partner arriving in 12 days (not that I’m counting).  It’s totally full on, just like everyone said that a Graduate Diploma would be.

So it’s a little quiet around this joint, and will continue to be so for the next couple of weeks, I daresay. But in case any other student teachers read this, or anyone who is considering going back to university does  – it gets better. The first essay at uni after a 5 year break from studying is a killer. I’m still not entirely sure if I know what I’m supposed to be doing, but hey, I’ve written 3,300 words, so at least I’ve made the word count!

The next essay will be easier. I’m sure of it. But still a little harder than I thought.

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Friday Links (with apologies to Maslow)

The Buyerarchy of Needs


I am up to my neck in an assignment of my philosophy of classroom management at the moment, and so ol’ Maslow and I have been spending some quality time together. This info graphic from Sarah L at A Bunch of Pretty made me laugh. It also made me think that I should really get back into sewing my own clothes, which has recently fallen by the wayside.

I’ve been seeing some posters for around campus recently, and after checking it out I really like it! Described as a website for students by students, Hijacked brings together news stories and independent features in a way that is interesting and relevant to Australian tertiary students. Dare I say it, but I think it’s a little bit cool…a nice feature on the recent retirement of Lucinda Dunn too.

It’s been harder than I thought to find other student teacher blogs around the joint, and so I was delighted to find Rebecca Kriger‘s blog and her recent reflection on a pre-internship visit to a school. It sounds like she had a great experience, and like me, can’t wait to head back and see her class again.

That’s it from me right now, have a great weekend folks!