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Pushing the Edge

My students compel me to act - to take action

With a new president and a rise in hate-related crimes, I found myself wondering why I’m compelled to take action for social justice

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Step up. Amplify the voices of others.

Feel too scared to speak up? Maybe you don’t have the words. Regardless – we need you.  
Here’s how you can help

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Standing Together - for Love

How in the space of twelve years have we moved from opposition to overwhelming support for marriage equality? Community – that’s how.

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Mental Health and Activism 02

This week is Mental Health Week in Australia. Inspired by the many educators who have courageously shared the challenges they’ve faced on the mental health front, I offer one more tale – my own. 

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Our love matters. Legalise same-sex marriage

For years, we’ve sought marriage equality in Australia. It’s been a hate-filled time especially with the push for a plebiscite. Here’s how you can help make a difference.

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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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