Thanks for taking the time to check out the blog.
Amongst many other things I could write here perhaps the most relevant information is that I’m a senior school teacher of (mostly) English currently based in Melbourne, Australia. My wife (and blog editor in chief) ‘J’ and I have three children and no pets. That last bit is subject to change but I’m determined to stubbornly hold on to the petless status for as long as possible.
talkfromchalk is a project I decided to undertake at the end of 2012 as a result of a few factors.
1. I have been teaching for long enough to feel I can authoritatively comment on most educational matters.
2. Most of my circle of friends have an ever increasing interest in Education because they have children and … well they’re caring parents.
3. I’d just completed a Masters degree and missed the writing.
So, at the start of 2013 I rolled up the sleeves and, with all the enthusiasm one usually has for a New Year’s resolution, promised myself I’d write one post a week for a year.
Each week I try to deliver something that has relevance to the broadest audience possible. Fellow teachers and parents obviously but also students, lifelong learners, and anyone really who enjoys what I’ve come to know as the WPlongform genre.
Often a post has its origin in things that I’ve encountered that week. As much as possible though, I try to keep the specifics of where I work out of the material. This is because it shouldn’t matter what school I teach at if the point I’m making is valid. Also, I don’t want anyone to think there’s a subtext to a post. In other words, if I write about the challenging relationships in Education it’s not because I just had an argument at school and need to vent.
I have voodoo dolls in my second drawer for those occasions.
Once again thanks for reading. It’s been wonderfully encouraging to see that people world wide have found my posts worthwhile. I appreciate your interest. Feel free to comment, like, and share anything that’s struck a chord.