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Pushing the Edge

Standing Up for Justice 06

Are you an upstander or bystander in matters of social justice? A series of encounters with a vicious, racist sticker in my community has me thinking.

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Getting beyond worksheets and spelling tests 02

Within the adult English Language Teaching classroom one thing is sure – there’ll always be a call for traditional ‘stand at the board’ teaching, worksheets & spelling tests. So how do you resist and make teaching more real-world and authentic?

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Falling in and out of love with footy 02

It’s a question that asked every week on my favourite sports show – The Outer Sanctum – How is your relationship with footy right now?  For me, it’s an especially tricky life question, laced with bullying and bigotry on multiple fronts. But big change is on the way.

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How I came out to my students

Coming Out isn’t a one-time event. We’re often coming out in our personal lives. But what about in the classroom? How do we navigate this often tricky & potentially dangerous situation?

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Talking equality in the classroom

Equality – it’s a constantly discussed issue in my adult English Language class. This time however, it takes quite a different path as ‘sexuality’ is mentioned. 

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Naming Matters Put Us on Your List

It’s an identity category that’s often left out, unspoken, and un-named in education circles. Here’s why naming matters in terms of our students’ well-being.

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Transformation with Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling in the classroom affords so many opportunities for transformation – whether it be in skill level, self-confidence, attitudes, or in building a sense of community.

Here’s some key moments of transformation in my adult English Language Learner classroom.

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Teaching digital Storytelling to English Language Learners 1

Here’s my tips, strategies, and resources for teaching digital storytelling to lower level English Language Learners.

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Break the Silence

Challenge the silence

This is a raw account of silence within school. A silence born out of fear and despair. A silence that we have the power to challenge as educators.

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Change Happens when GLBTI students take the lead - Agency

We’re often focused on what’s not working for GLBTI young people in schools.

But what if we recognize student agency – a different picture and different possibilities can emerge.

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