This is a mental exercise and I couldn't care less if it is read or commented on by one or one thousand bods. Although feedback would be appreciated.
This is all new to me so I am just going to jump in the deep end, they say you learn by doing... well that's what I used to tell my kids. I am an ex primary school teacher. I retired in April, 2011. I taught in Melbourne, Australia for 34 years. My wife also jumped last year. There is something magical about still being in bed at 8:55 when you hear a distant school bell or.... reading the junk mail catalogues' "Back to School" Sales. I hope my apostrophes are in order - a bugbear of mine..... if you don't know where to put 'em.... don't use 'em.
I hope this blog isn't going to be a bitter rant about what's wrong with teaching today and how sunny and simple it was before student-centred learning and researching Pokemon or One Direction instead of James Cook or Caroline Chisholm for a class assignment. Shit, I just sounded bitter, and it's also a crappily constructed sentence. Educationalists will tell you: it's not the end product of research - it's the process, "the journey" that is important. Well yes, I agree up to a point (a wanky point), but "the journey" sometimes gets derailed by purposeless distractions.
So I will stop and prattle on later.