Sunday, April 10, 2011

Let's Try Again

Hmm, so much for being a regular blogger. Well, here I am almost 12 months later I've managed a few changes.

I'll start with the not so positive to get it out of the way - haven't lost any more weight, haven't put any on though which is good. I've also lost centimeters so it's not all bad. I've organised my eating plans and picked up the training at the gym so moving forward in a positive way once again. My personal trainer is still putting up with me but I whinge a lot less now.

Work is good. I'm more organised, and don't allow myself to be distracted. I have smaller 'to do' lists each day which means I'm actually getting through them and achieving small goals every day. Instead of taking loads of work home, I've allowed myself whatever fits into one bag and I work on that, and again I'm getting some work done. I'm using the Moodle at work with the kids and it's great.

So - goals for the short term:
- get through the Easter Show without buying a Cadbury or Darrel Lea show bag.
- Go to the gym each day whilst on school holidays. (except the day I'm at the show)
- Stay organised with my eating plan so that I don't fall off the rails.

Fingers Crossed.

Hopefully I'll be back soon, no promises =]

Sunday, June 13, 2010

First Personal Blog

Ok to start with - How disappointing was that game against Germany? Still we have 5 days to regroup and focus on our next game. I'm not a huge soccer fan (I know, I know it's football) but what can I say - it's the FIFA World Cup.

I'm stressing about work at the moment. Being a Teacher Librarian is one of those jobs where everyone thinks that you have it easy and don't work very hard while everyone else in the school works their butts off. I can't even begin to describe how much work there is to do but even if I do explain, people just see it as whinging. I'm not one of those people who is good at selling herself so It's time for me to 'man up' and start acting like a leader, an integral part of our school community, blah, blah, blah.

I have to put off the day to day stuff for a while and get into developing our web site - I have some great ideas but can't put any of them into play until I have set up our site. So guess what I'll be doing on the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday! Well after I've done some washing, vacuumed the house, gone to the gym and picked up a few bits and pieces at the shop and then mown the lawn.

Weight loss - hmm, I should write something here to at least keep me honest. So, I've lost 30kg in 12 months frustrating but everyone assures me that losing it slowly is the best way. I have a great Personal Trainer who puts up with a lot of bitching from yours truely. I'm aiming to lose 20-25kg more and I guess that's all that's of interest at the moment.

I'll try to add to my blog regularly for those of you who are interested - or at least for my own sanity.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I've always been pretty ok at utilising technology, but always seem to be a step behind. Over the past few years, I seem to have fallen further and further behind. This course has been a saviour. Access to everything that I haven't previously made the time to learn. I like the structure as well as the flexibility of completing this in my own time and own space.

I'm still at the beginning/basic stages but I now have the foundations, understanding and confidence to utilise any of these sites and resources where I feel they can be useful.

Thanks, good-bye & all the best

LG =)

The Librarian Song

#22 - EBooks & #23 - Audiobooks

I love this.

Ebooks would be fantastic to use at school, particularly if you have some form or smartboard or interactive whiteboard. Imagine using picture books for Infants students or as a tool for visual texts in highschools. We could use them simply as a reading tool.

I also love audio books, I already buy and borrow audio books from the library. The ability to download them and to listen to them in my car on my 1hr drive to work and home is fantastic.

Happy Reading =)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

#20 - Podcasts

I had much more success here than I did with Rollyo earlier today, although I have to admit, my aim was more personal than professional as I found some country music podcasts that I could subscribe to.

This would be a wonderful teaching resource, students are way ahead of us when it comes to current technologies and are more likely to be engaged if we utilise these in our teaching.

In order for us to ensure that the students are engaged in their learning we need to get away from relying on overheads and utilising resources that we've been learning about here and by subscribing to podcasts that are relevant to your curriculum there is a simple to use teaching tool.

#19 - Rollyo

This is post is not exactly what we've been asked to do....

I have had a play with Rollyo, created a search engine on the topic of holden adding a couple of web pages to the search pool but I think I picked a bad day.

I am not creating a link to my Rollyo profile at this stage simply because there seems to be a problem with the site today. Every time I hit the 'create' button the site timed out and I lost the information I put in.... so I've given up for now.

I love the idea and I will come back to this on a day when hopefully the site is happy to accommodate me. This looks like it will be a fantastic tool for directing student research on a given topic, ensuring that their information is from sources that you trust.

Check back later, if I manage to get this site working I'll place the link here =)