through tears and laughter

Thursday, September 28, 2006


A couple of weeks ago, one of the wee kids I've looked after for nearly 3 years was on a Persil ad. He was with Lana Coc-Kroft demonstrating how to make Glupe. For those of you with wee ones, this is a real fun activity - Glupe is great for squishing and squelshing through your fingers. It seems pretty firm in the bowl, but it's really quite runny when you pick it up.

To download a pdf of the instructions (with lil Austin on it too), click here, just scroll down to the activity that says 'glupe'.

There's also the actual ad that was on tv.

What a cutie.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


I am officially on the second day of my holiday. It's lovely! I haven't had a holiday since our honeymoon in April, and I guess even that was spent being a tourist and getting used to married life... so I am cherishing having time to catch up on all the little things that otherwise get forgotten.

Yesterday I had a haircut, probably a bit short but at least it's lighter and not as hot.

This morning I worked on my CV and so far I've done about 4 loads of washing. And just enjoying the sunshine. Nice.

Last weekend the hubby and I went on a bit of a road trip to visit family. Scott's family friend Anna had an engagement party in Rotorua on Friday night, so we took the opportunity to stay at the motel my aunt and uncle manage, Tuscany Villas. It was so nice, even had a private spa bath!

Our neices Amanda and Cori-Jo having a tea party in our motel room.

Scott's Dad - photo taken by CJ (pretty good for a 5 year old ae!)

Uncle Viv - also taken by CJ. I like this arty shot.

Saturday we drove to Turangi to stay at Scott's Mum's place. We had a lovely time catching up with her, my sister-in-law Jo and of course the girls.

During the long drive home, Scott and I were having 'church' in the car when we saw this beautiful sight. As always, the photos couldn't capture just how amazing it looked, but you can make out the sun rays coming out of the cloud.

And last but not least... check out this hottie!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Teaching Ideals Re-hashed

So I had to re-write my first philosophy statement to flesh it out a bit.

For those of you teachy people who may be interested, here is the final version:

In many years to come, the teacher who is remembered with great fondness is the one who truly cared. I strive to be that teacher.

I believe that all students have the right and responsibility to learn in a safe, supportive and engaging classroom environment. In this classroom, we all go through learning together. We support each-other, offer ideas and value different perspectives. We challenge each-other in a respectful way. We offer and accept help freely. We are active listeners and speakers. Opinions are not only valued and encouraged, but expected. We are not afraid to say what we are feeling or thinking, for we know that we will not be laughed at or judged.

I believe that students learn best when they are engaged in a task and interact with others. In order for my classroom to encompass this atmosphere, I model these ideals in who I am and in how I act. I not only teach the students how to work together as a team, but also give them many opportunities to practise, utilise and evaluate these skills. I give my students numerous occasions to engage in a topic and express their views through discussion, writing, visual arts and ICT. I listen to the students, and expect them to do the same for their peers and myself. I am honest with my students.

In my classroom, we recognise and celebrate diversities in culture, beliefs, religion, gender and ability. I believe that this creates a healthy and safe atmosphere, which in turn aids learning. When students feel accepted, they are more willing to take risks in their learning. My beliefs are obvious through the way I treat students, parents and other teachers - and in the way I expect my students to behave. I integrate different languages into everyday life at school, and encourage the students to learn about their own culture and that of others.

In my classroom, we care about what is going on in our class, school, community and our world. Not only do we have compassion, but we strive to make a difference. I believe that it is exceptionally valuable for people to look outside of themselves, as this makes us appreciate what we have and also develops personal compassion. I aspire for my students to develop into active citizens who have empathy for others, despite the egocentric path society is taking. I encourage my students to be aware of issues highlighted in the media and to think of a way they can help, however small. I show the students that I too care about these issues.

In my classroom, the students are aware of what they are learning and why they are learning it. I believe that students engage and learn best when they understand the reasoning behind what they are being taught. I share the learning intentions of each lesson with my students, and we refer back to them consistently. I encourage my students to evaluate their learning regularly, and I teach them how to reflect on their new knowledge and understanding.

As a teacher, I encourage my students strive for excellence. I expect them to work hard, to be willing to take on challenges, and also to have fun. I believe that when teachers place high (but realistic) expectations on students, they meet these standards and even exceed them. I care about each student trying to better him or herself, and I lead by example through regularly completing professional development. Together, we celebrate these achievements.

In my classroom, we endeavour to be the best that we can be - in our learning and in who we are as people.

Kid Speak

Last night, the 4 year old was in a particularly rough mood. She was bouncing on my lap and jabbing her knees into my leg, all while I was trying to get the 2 year old dressed.

"You can sit on my lap if you want - but sit nice and still, just be gentle"

"Are you an old person Liz?"

Friday, September 01, 2006

Song lyrics you thought you knew

A couple of months ago, I was singing along to the song at the beginning of Friends...

So, no one told you life was gonna be this way.
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's the old way..

Well Scott started cracking up and I had no idea why (though this does happen often in our household).

It turns out the words are actually "your love life's DOA" (Dead on Arrival for those who, like me, didn't know what that meant).

So a few weeks later at uni I was telling one of my mates about our conversation. She pipes up "that's not the words is it?"

"Uh yeah I listened carefully and it actually was that"

"Oh. I thought it was, your love life's been a waste".

Three versions of the same line of a song, nice.

Another song I'd had wrong for years was that one that goes "what we need is a great big melting pot"... I always thought it was "what we need is a great big mountain pot".

You know, such a big pot that it was huge like a mountain.

I also seem to remember someone from youth group days who thought "revival town" was "read bibles now"!

Because this amused me so much, I thought I'd do a wee google search to find some more misheard song lyrics. But I didn't find much - well I found a whole website dedicated to this, but most of them seemed untrue.

So has anyone else got any doozies to share?