Silver linings and unexpected outcomes—early childhood professional placements in the time of COVID-19

Less doing means more listening  More listening means deeper understanding  Deeper understanding means authentic connections  Authentic connections mean stronger relationships   Stronger relationships mean deeper respect  Deeper respect means genuine bonds  Genuine bonds mean children being, becoming, belonging! This inspiring quote comes from second year Bachelor of Early Childhood Education students at Victoria University (VU) (Melbourne) after completing their professional placement in…

School Morning Routine Hacks for Teachers

How’s your school morning routine? Are you totally nailing it? Or are your mornings as frantic as mine? I’ll be honest, mornings have never been my strong point. What’s more, I often struggle to get out of the door on time. So, this has got me thinking about life hacks for a better school morning…

Why social justice is more important than ever

A commitment to social justice means taking responsibility for working individually and collectively to ensure that everyone has meaningful opportunities to participate in the economic, social, cultural, communal and political life of the nation. The year 2020 was challenging. We experienced devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 crisis, and there are still ongoing issues related to living,…

10 Ways to Use Pom Poms in the Classroom

Pom poms. Have you got a tub full of them in your classroom cupboard, or perhaps you’ve inherited a storeroom where they pop up in random places? It seems as though they are as much a classroom staple as pencils, whiteboard markers and tissue boxes! While they are a familiar sight to many teachers, some…

10 Ways to Use Pom Poms in the Classroom

Pom poms. Have you got a tub full of them in your classroom cupboard, or perhaps you’ve inherited a storeroom where they pop up in random places? It seems as though they are as much a classroom staple as pencils, whiteboard markers and tissue boxes! While they are a familiar sight to many teachers, some…