Paul's Place of Musings and Insights

the reflections of a techno-meddling teacher


Learning Spaces

#ozprimschchat last night discussed Learning Spaces. I am looking into this a lot at the moment. I have gradually this year been getting rid of tables and chairs and bringing couches, cushions and benches into my classroom. I have noticed a marked improvement in both engagement and motivation amongst my students, which coupled with a 1:1 tablet program next year is motivating me to do more in this area.

This is my current Learning Space

This is a storify of the twitter chat.


Edublog Awards

These are my nominations for the Edublog Awards, 2013. This is my first time voting in these, so some of the categories have been omitted due to my… well not being familiar with them. I will endeavour to improve next year.


Best new blog – The Second Perspective (Ryan Brown)

Best class blogMr Lamshed’s Class

Best student blog – All my students are awesome, so I’ll let this one go….

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog  –  EdTech toolbox

Best administrator blog – It’s all About Learning (John Goh)

Best twitter hashtag – #ozprimschchat

Best free web tool – Edmodo


Remembrance Day

I’ve woken up to a lot of activity today on my social media along the lines of ‘Lest we forget’. November 11 is Armistice Day and a time we remember those who fell in World War 1, as well as all armed conflicts in recent history. I am a fan of this, but I want to take things further than just not forgetting these sacrifices.

All war is based in conflict. Today, I’ll be talking to my students not about people who died in wars, but about how we can all, in our own little way, make less conflict in our world. The principle of letting a new friend, someone who is a little lonely, into your play group is the same concept as accepting a country or its people who need a little help. I’m in no way trivialising the nature of international diplomacy, but simply wanting to spread the message that we should all try to get along a little better in our lives, especially with those we may not see eye to eye with.

On a day we commemorate mostly young people who have been slaughtered because of disagreements, this seems not inappropriate.


Twitter Chats

I’ve always been a big fan of twitter chats. Since discovering the benefits of twitter in education during my second year of teaching, I have found the scheduled chat to be the most rewarding aspect of the medium. It’s a chance to share ideas, get ideas and have your ideas affirmed. Most importantly, for me, is that they expose you to an extended learning network. You are able to engage with other professionals that are outside your own staff room. You get the benefit of collected experiences and contexts.

There are a plethora of scheduled chats on all sorts of topics. See here for a collection made by Jeannette James (@7mrsjames).  One that I keep going back to is #ozprimschchat. It is for Australian Primary School teachers – check, thats me.

I have been using this blog to not only document my professional learning journey as a teacher, but more recently to also map these against the AITSL Standards. Since twitter chats are considered professional development, I thought I would start documenting the chats I participate in here. These will also serve as a resource for the specific topics that are discussed. Tonight’s chat was on the Australian Curriculum – What needs to change?




Movember Shave

As I have mentioned before I will be participating in Movember this year to raise funds and awareness for Men’s Health issues. I usually don’t go in for this kind of thing, because I tend to sport a handsome beard, and I leave it at that. However, I am now the father to a son and I want to take part this year as a nod to him and his future bros. Below is documented evidence of my sincerity in this pursuit. Please support my efforts at



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