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Teacher Only Week - Tony Ryan

Model your smile, Enhance the Learning, Find out with ZEST, Share it, See it.

I really enjoyed listening to Tony Ryan today and although much of the information he talked about was things I'd heard before in different places I still thought it was a very worthwhile day.  The ideas above describe some of the main ideas he went over today.

Model Your Smile
It's so important to be inspiring in your classroom having that energy and enthusiasm for what you're doing is contagious.  Like anyone else though I have my bad days where things just don't go right.  Tony taught us today about finding ways to put a smile back on your face or at least getting yourself to think about your attitude towards things.  One of those was putting a pen in your mouth and then moving your lips away from your pen... it was a very funny sight to see a room full of 80+ teachers with pens in their mouths ... I really should have had my camera out!

I managed to jump on Tony's blog before listening…

Teacher Only Week - Google Calendar

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Whew!  Today was a long day but it flew by and I'm glad that our staff now have a better idea of how to use both our Google Docs calendar and online SMS system.  I really like Google Calendar and especially like the ability to easily share it with the whole school and/or individuals.  I'm looking forward to seeing a digital version of our calendar being available throughout the year.

There are a few good videos out there about Google Aps/Docs/Calendar which I didn't show during my presentation but I think would be useful to show those that haven't used anything like the system before.

Here are just a few I've found:


This one is more about why Google has developed Google Aps for use with education and organisational environments...

2010 A Year in Review

And a great one it's been!  I've had a fantastic year in terms of teaching.  I've changed jobs, taught year 2's enjoyed getting to know a bunch of great staff, taken on the roll of Associate Principal and attempted to redevelop our ICT accross the school.  I'm looking forward to a great 2011.

Some of the highlights:

1. Our Great Adventure - 6 weeks travelling!!
2. Our first wedding anniversary ---- one of many more :)
3. Fantastic school events - the cultural festival, the art show, school open days!

So where to next?
I'm planning on having a nice relaxing holiday and looking forward to setting some goals for 2011.
I think 2011 will be another year filled with lots of great learning and a chance to continue to journey I've started at my new school as part of the management team .... can't wait!