Category Archives: Parental Musings

How will you prepare for the future?

the future is knocking

For inspiration and ideas please go to the Zero-Waste Chef.


How to Cope With Environmental Guilt Syndrome (EGS)

A really great reminder, by the Zero-Waste Chef,  for those of us who are trying to make the world a better place, but aren’t quite living up to our own self imposed model of it.

Study Skills: Successful study for parents

Some great suggestions on  Study Skills: Successful study for parents.

I know I was a mature age student with a family when I went back to study for my Library qualifications. It was the hardest but most rewarding course I’ve done, juggling partner, child and study, but so worth it.

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365 Star Wars

Okay so I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for four decades, ever since I discovered my brother playing the movie on his Beta Max video player. And I was like, what is this movie? This is like the best thing I have ever seen. I still feel a joy when I hear the music.

But you know for a long time, Star Wars was really a boys own adventure. As a die hard Science Fiction fan, I’ve never let this get in the way of me enjoying the adventure but……I understand how hard it is, to rock up to an event, look around and realise you’re the only woman there.

So imagine my delight when I found 365 Star Wars, a site dedicated to celebrating the female influence on the Star Wars Universe. I was so excited I wanted to share it with you too….

Lifelong Learners and Effective Teaching

I’m a lifelong learner, I just can’t help but be curious about things, and so I set out to seek the information I need to develop and understanding. So when I came across first this article Feedback to support Lifelong Learning which maintains that there is a key influence on students achievement when teacher’s provide feedback.

What I found really exciting was this paragraph:

A key proposition of Hattie and Timperley’s (2007) feedback model is that feedback doesn’t only answer ‘How am I going?’ (feedback), but also ‘Where am I going?’ (feed up), and ‘Where to next?’ (feed forward). This can be supported by communicating learning intentions, with carefully crafted success criteria that are accessible to learners and allow students the opportunity to self-regulate in moving forward.

My own child’s teacher this year has asked for feedback on the way they teach the class, allowing each student to reflect on what the teacher is doing well, what areas they might need to improve on and hopes for the future. This has really engaged my own child, and it was a great area for us to discuss what a great teacher should be doing.

There is a great podcast too on this subject on what a good teacher should do.

How to apologise to your students (and everyone else)

The Kid Whisperer posted a great post on how to apologise to your students. When I read the proposed script, I thought hey this could work in a workplace, or even at home. No one wants to be yelled at, and I love the idea that we need to model a constructive approach to apologies.

Tales from the Library – Six years ago

Almost six years ago I wrote Tales from the Library.

This was a moment of transition for us as a family as both my partner and I were re evaluating what we wanted to do with our lives. My partner re trained as a Secondary School Teacher and I went back and graduated as a Librarian. But all of this was in the future. I am so grateful that even back then I knew what a valuable asset a Library was to a community.

Where were you six years ago?

Children's Books Reviewed

Team Ahsoka

A Star Wars Fansite Celebrating Ahsoka Tano and Her Fanbase

the second hand city

find it love it use it

Lee & Low Blog

Exploring Children's Books Through the Lens of Diversity

jude-marie green

future tense


Bringing Aboriginal perspectives into English education

Whispering Gums

Books, reading and anything else that comes to mind...with an Australian focus


Life after working

Planet Simon

Creating worlds in word and art and exploring the universe in which we exist.

News for Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and beyond

Playfully Grownup Home

Because Fun Keeps You Young!

in the garden

from the newstead community garden


Thoughts on international relations, environment, society and self with Benjamin Habib, PhD

My Book Corner

A treasure trove of beautiful children’s literature for you to discover.


The Independent Woman and the myth of the Australian bushman

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction; Ambassador for Australian literature

The YA Room


A Cosy Reading Blog

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Australian Haiku Society

haikuoz - the enjoyment of haiku

Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog

This is a writer's blog for authors, business people, creative people, freelancers, journalists, publishers, and poets. They will learn the ins and outs of writing for publication. Both beginning and experienced writers will profit from it.


Crazy quilts are unique and innovative quilts created from scraps of materials. My hope is for a world that uses all the scraps, rough cut diamonds and hidden treasures. I blog to make IPOC authors and their works more accessible.


Humanising! Indigenising! Decolonising! Thriving

T is for Training

10 Years of Sharing Knowledge One Call At A Time

Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

This is Lit

Book Blog

Kylie in the library

Musings of an emerging information professional

Sarah Cawkwell's Blog

"The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense." -- Tom Clancy

Yellowstone National Park Lodges

Thoughts, Ideas and so much more

Life in the Information World

Mother Jones

Smart, fearless journalism

Librarian Lisa

school library consultant


nurturing the compassionate maker, the reluctant reader, and embracing #librarylife

Australian Aboriginal Languages Student Blog

A place to share anything at all that's interesting and related to the languages of Australia. WARNING: We wish to advise that this blog may contain names, voices and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. We strongly urge readers to exercise caution when viewing the blog so as to avoid distress.

I am Jessica

A student's attempt at environmentalism.


simple connected living, city style


Fitness Community

L-B the Librarian

Use your library

Imogen Crest

Creative Artist - Time Travelling Nature Hermit - Soul Food Cafe