I am a secondary English teacher and a Head Teacher, managing a small team of wonderful English teachers in a smallish rural town in NSW, Australia.

I started this blog in 2008 with lots of good intentions. Anyone who has been following me will know I haven’t posted much, even though I started with enthusiasm. I’m hoping 2012 will be the Year of the Blog and think I’m off to a good start.

I do a lot of professional reading and it never occurred to me to share this, so that is on my list of things to blog about. I am also a regular visitor and commenter on the English Companion ning, so I may cross post a bit (not sure if that is the right word!)

One of my areas of interest is technology in the English classroom, so I post a bit on using Edmodo and plan to continue sharing my experiences on using Edmodo with classes, as well as other techie things I might be doing.

I also have a renewed interest in Beginning Teachers, since my eldest daughter, Zoe, has joined the ranks of English teachers. Her conversations often inspire me to blog and she keeps telling me I should share my experiences with lots more than her. She sometimes comments that she gets so much support and some of her peers miss out.

I also plan to review sites and add resources/lesson plans, since I have heaps and have lost all interest (or lack the time, not sure which)  in updating my website. Another way I share resources is through ‘Shared Folders’ on Edmodo. If you use Edmodo, ask to connect with me and I will send you a group code for “English Teachers”, then useful sites or resources I find will be shared with you.

I thank all of those who have responded to my posts and hope it gets more useful and interesting for you.

10 responses »

  1. Lyn! It’s Sandra McLean here – I’ve got some GOOD news for you mate…………I am going to be your neighbour (sort of) soon……OMGF – I am not sure whether this message will be ‘broadcast’ over your blog/airwaves but I will give you a call soon……..LOTS of Love, Sandra xxx

  2. Hi Lyn,

    I was lucky enough to get to spend 3-weeks with you in June last year on my very first Prac (I imagine being so close to University you probably get a lot of young faces fly through your staff room!). I think this blog is a great idea for sharing ideas about the new electronic/laptop-based way of teaching English.
    I had my last Internship at Alstonville teaching English/History, and Australian History is quite the challenge with a classroom full of laptop. Luckily though, I’ve always somehow managed to be placed in a classroom with an IWB, they make things a lot more varied and interesting!

    Well I managed to finish my degree, I had my big DET interview as well, and finally got my Casual Number, so hello post-grad world! Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for the help you gave me last year when I just started, and wish you all the best.
    I’m planning on being in the area for some of next year, so who knows, I may just end up doing a day or two casual (fingers crossed) at your school. And again, thank you.

    Leighton Davis

  3. Lyn,

    I am pleased to announce that my book: “The Education and Deconstruction of Mr. Bloomberg, How the Mayor’s Education and Real Estate Development Policies Affected New Yorkers 2002-2009 Inclusive” is available at both Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, on the Kindle, on other e-books and in book form.

    Here is a link to Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VRZVBM/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Please visit my book blog at http://www.educationanddeconstruction.com (See “Bonus Post”) and https://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.aspx?bookid=81047 to read excerpts. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Sally A. Friedman

  4. Thanks Sally, I am happy to do a link exchange with you. I think it was a smart idea to focus on a specific task for your blog. I began very enthusiastically blogging but got bogged down in work pretty quickly during term time. I am trying to refocus my energies into some focus areas so that i can blog more often.

  5. Dear Lyn:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is educationanddeconstruction.com. Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Sally Friedman

  6. Hi Kellie, how lovely to hear from you! I am always delighted to hear that past students have become teachers (especially teachers of English). Then I know I was doing something right! Good luck with your studies and do ‘visit’ here again.

  7. Hi Mrs Tiernan,

    Im not sure if you remember me, but I was in most of your English classes. How funny to have come across this wonderful site while I am studying! I am currently back at Uni doing my Post grad in “Drama and English teaching!”
    We are asked many times to think of teachers that inspired us to learn throughout schooling and you always come to mind. ps, I loved Animal Farm!

  8. Hi Lyn
    Great to see some more English teachers stepping into the blogosphere.

    Welcome, I’m following updates via RSS.
    regards
    Tony

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