Category: Social commentary

This is not something I would have ever imagined doing. Or would do. But very soon – within the space of a couple of months, in fact – I will become the penpal to someone who is on death row. I will be required to write to him regularly (and I assume that he is a him just from the statistics), say every two to four weeks, for at least a year. I have  committed to writing to someone who has ended the life, or lives, of other people. Talk about a moral dilemma. I am completely and utterly against murder,

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People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou Are you ready for this? This is big. It’s what no one wants you to know. It is a secret that will change your life forever. It will give you more power and influence than you ever thought possible. You will be loved and adored by all and sundry who come into contact with you. It’s not complicated, and it’s not hard. Anyone can do it. But few choose to. Are you ready? Here it

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I caught up with an old school chum the other day. He was someone I hadn’t seen for over 30 years and he contacted me via Facebook. While he has had his fair share of trials and tribulations, as we all have to greater or lesser degree, it occurred to me what a huge market nostalgia is. Facebook works because we are curious about people from our past, whether they be old school chums, past work colleagues, or ex-partners. We want to see what happened to the people who were in our lives. Have they fared better or worse than

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In 8 months and 20 odd days, I will be 49. I am nearly 50. Half a century old. While I can vaguely see my youth in the rear view mirror, and I remember fondly how well I misspent it, I don’t miss it. Who wants to deal with all that angst and uncertainty and insecurity? Along with greying hair and certain bits and bobs going south, I find that 49 also brings with it wisdom and knowing and peace. You let a lot of things go, because – in the scheme of things – they just don’t matter all

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This post is inspired by a comment I left on a post by BroadsideBlog on gratitude.  I live in Australia. I was born here, and while I’m not wealthy, I do live a rich, fulfilling life. Or rather, I have the opportunity to do so. Education is compulsory and more or less free, work is always available (even if it is not work I would want to do) and good, quality food is plentiful, and reasonably priced. We have one of the best health care systems in the world and we can speak our minds without fear of censorship, or jail.

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I have been on Twitter for a little over 2 years. In that time, I have amassed over 45 000 tweets and more than 1 300 followers (not many in comparison to some twitterers, though).  I have seen it at its best and worst, and given my recent two year anniversary, this post is about what I love and hate about Twitter – from my perspective. 1.  People I have met some fabulous people on Twitter,  both locally and across the globe. Locally, people I met first on Twitter (who I would never have had the opportunity to cross paths

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I have three degrees; one undergraduate and two postgraduate. I’m not saying this to brag; it is a matter of fact. I have three degrees because the undergraduate one (Arts) didn’t deliver on its promise for better work opportunities, so I kept adding to it. I have an Graduate Diploma in Education and a Master of Arts in Communication Management. I studied because I believed that it would lead to better work opportunities. I’m not convinced, though, that this is the case, and here’s why: 1. You will be paying off your HECS debt FOREVER I started my Arts degree

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“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”  – Mark Twain I have been doing a quite a but of soul searching of late. I’ve been thinking about who I have in my life, and why and how, and I’m starting to scale back. And a lot of this scaling back is based on the Mark Twain’s quote. I’m thinking about whom I’ve made a priority, and whether that person has reciprocated, and made me theirs. It’s about making decisions around, for example, how inclusive a person is in involving me in his or

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That word. You know the one I mean.  See you next Tuesday. Yes. That one. I hate it. There. I’ve said it. I don’t say and I don’t write it. Ever. I don’t like to hear it, and I don’t like to see it written anywhere. Instinctively, I find it abhorrent. I change channels on TV when I hear it and I generally unfollow people on Twitter who use it (where I see it most often, unfortunately). And while most followers agree with me, I have received some criticism from tweeps for this stand, including: women should reclaim the word

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I am pretty active on Twitter. I follow lots of educators (because I am one, among other things), and without fail, I see all sorts of links to blogs and articles and YouTube videos about how to be a better teacher. I have never seen one that tells students how to be, well, better students. So to address this significant gap in the market, I thought I would put this little Rule Book together. It’s a little bit of a tongue in cheek rant, but anyone in education should recognise certain student traits! Rule #1 Just because you pay for

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I have worked in and out of education for the last 15 years. My first foray was in my early thirties, when, upon discovering I was going to be a single parent, I thought I’d better do something “practical” with my Arts degree (apart from serving fries with that!). I’d always enjoyed school, and was good at it, and what with the school holidays and civilised hours, teaching seemed like a natural fit for a soon-to-be single parent. So I signed up and completed my Graduate Diploma in Education, teaching English and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE). In my

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I like to think I’m pretty innovative in how I approach my teaching. I lecture in marketing at TAFE, and my background and area of expertise is corporate communications, so it makes sense that I am enamoured with how Web 2.0 and social media (SoMe) can produce a rich, engaging and relevant learning experience for my students. Most of my students are Gen Y, and while we generalise about how their technologically brilliant they are, in my experience, it’s generally limited to MySpace (then) Facebook (now) and MSN and texting (still). So with the push for businesses to become more

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