Innovative Educational Solutions - Building the capacity of educators to meet the needs of ALL students!
Dr. Sheri's Blog

Winding Down, Down Under

Here it is, the middle of my last week in Australia, and I'm definitely due for some reflection. In some ways this time has gone by so quickly, in other ways I feel like I've been here forever. I'm currently in my third school, which is another small school (around 30 students), with students in grades kindergarten (transition) through 7th grade. The school is beautiful; the path into the school is paved with stones and the school is beautifully decorated with posters and indigenous art.

The morning starts on the covered patio, and the principal (who is incredible) leads the students in morning activities. The students sit in lines by class (there are two teachers, in addition to the principal, who spends most of her time teaching the K-2 students), having eaten a nutritious breakfast at school. To gain the students' attention, Principal Gail (not her real name) sings, "Good morning!" The students respond by singing, "Good morning!" They then switch roles, with the students initiating the second round and Gail responding. The students earn points by being at school on time and wearing their uniforms. Students are reminded about the expectations for working in class and then one student (who has been sitting politely and participating well) gets to choose a song to sing. The first day Gail led the students in "My Highland Goat," sung energetically, complete with hand movements. I was amazed! The following day, the song was "What a Wonderful World." I was immensely touched to hear these children singing this lovely song while signing in ASL. It was a completely surreal moment as I realized how small our world truly is and how we are really more similar than we are different.

As I have spent this week at this school I have, once again, been reminded of how dedicated the teachers who work in this region are. Many of them live here while their spouses maintain a home elsewhere in Australia. Others are here with their spouses, who may or may not be employed at the local school. They spend hours outside the school day working in their classrooms preparing activities for students that can be completed independently or led by a teaching assistant. They are back at the school on the weekend, again working in their classrooms and preparing for the upcoming week. They are provided houses to live in, close to the school, but they are not really able to leave during the school term, at least not during the wet season. It's a big commitment and I'm impressed by their devotion to these children.

Yesterday morning I was getting ready for school when I happened to look outside to see this...

He was literally so close that I could have touched him, if my efforts hadn't been impeded by the window screen separating us. He tried to walk through the fence into the property next door, but decided to stick with a good thing, once he realized he couldn't get through. He chomped on the grass for about ten minutes before deciding it was time to move on. It was incredible!

I was sick on the weekend, but Gail and the other teachers encouraged me to get myself up to go to the "pub" with them on Saturday night. The "pub" is an open area (it reminds me of a baseball field, only smaller) with a concession stand that serves two different kinds of Australian beer and three kinds of soft drinks. Saturday night was a special night at the pub because there was a live band, made up of indigenous musicians. The music was really good and it was interesting to see this slice of local culture. The sunset was also beautiful, as you can see in the following photo.

Evening at the pub - good music, cold Coca-Cola, and a lovely view...what's not to like?

As I prepare to finish off this last week and return to the US, I'm reminded why I'm so proud to be an educator. As principal Gail said to me, "if I can make a difference in the life of just one of these kids, I'll feel like my life has been successful." Whether teaching in inner city Los Angeles, a small town in Minnesota, or a remote indigenous community in the Australian outback, educators dedicate their lives to making a difference in the lives of children. How could there ever be any better career than that?

30 Comments to Winding Down, Down Under:

Comments RSS
custom essey writer on Saturday, May 06, 2017 6:17 AM
A winding down down under for week in australia has some reflection I feel like I have been here forever. Thanks for improving knowledge with inedsolutions blog the translation through a grade.
Reply to comment on Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:07 PM
Every summer, my family is having a vacation in Australia to visit my grandparents there. My grandfather has four horses and their names are Zild, Badjao, Blaster and Unique. Sadly Unique has a disease during our last visit in Australia. He has a laminitis. He is my favorite among the other horses that is why I am very sad. I hope Unique will get better soon. Every morning, I take a walk with this horse and I am happy that I have experience like that every summer vacation.

help with nursing assignment on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:50 AM
This blog article is going even deeper down with the following solutions. So many features you can find for following different stories and reviews.
Reply to comment

Sol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 4:52 AM
Being a educator is a job that will inspire young beings to dream big. Just like the stories of success via Essaythinker review which are truly inspiring.
Reply to comment

aptoide apk on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:42 AM
Aptoide app is one of the best platforms that allow users to download a plethora of applications easily.
Reply to comment

frohe weihnachten on Friday, November 10, 2017 7:35 AM
Ende Dezember war eine perfekte Zeit zum Feiern in den meisten Gegenden Europas. Zu dieser Jahreszeit wurden die meisten Rinder geschlachtet, damit sie im Winter nicht gefüttert werden mussten.
Reply to comment

tea tv apk on Saturday, December 09, 2017 1:20 AM
nice post........tea tv apk
Reply to comment

neiljakson on Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:30 PM
I’ve read the topic with great interest and definitely will stick your blog routinely for other great posts. Thank you for sharing this valuable and great article.
Reply to comment

Sample on Thursday, May 10, 2018 9:53 PM
Reply to comment

loemrntdherid1 on Sunday, May 27, 2018 11:16 PM
Great and superb sunset seen from behind a rock with a hole in it. Thanks for sharing the interesting topic.
Reply to comment

storspelare on Monday, June 04, 2018 1:41 PM
I needed to thank you for this incredible read!! I unquestionably adored each and every piece of it. I have you bookmarked your site to look at the new stuff you post.
Reply to comment

Andy on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 4:36 AM
I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. I wanted to thank you for this websites. lightweight camping tarp
Reply to comment

Anderson on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 5:43 AM
I truly enjoyed reading it, you are a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and may come back from now on. best quality paper cups boxes
Reply to comment on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 3:44 AM
This Is Really Great Work. Thank You For Sharing Such A Good And Useful Information Here In The Blog For Students.
Reply to comment

Kila on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:08 PM
Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. barbie games online for free to play
Reply to comment

badoink app on Friday, January 04, 2019 1:49 AM
Your blog is really a good platform to get informative posts. It is really a helpful platform.
Reply to comment

Gute Sprüche on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 12:40 PM
Dadurch wird verhindert, dass die Anhänglichkeit entsteht, dass unsere Wünsche erfüllt werden.
Reply to comment

Ludo on Friday, April 26, 2019 3:37 AM
I think this is one of the best blogs for me because this is really helpful for me. Thanks for sharing this valuable information for free
Reply to comment

fortnite free on Thursday, May 09, 2019 12:26 AM
The remaining Overtime Challenges reward 1,000XP each, and by completing a total of six challenges you'll unlock the loading screen pictured above.
Reply to comment

Talha Shahzad on Friday, May 17, 2019 9:21 PM
My first time to visit in the blog. In the blog is very interesting and informative for me. Some people visited to here in the blog review is very good. Heavy Duty Blue PVC Tarpaulin 610gsm With Eyelets And Ropes
Reply to comment

bluehost renewal discount code on Wednesday, July 03, 2019 11:55 PM
Thank you very much for sharing this useful information. I was doing a project and for that I was looking for related information. Some of the points are very useful. Do share some more material if you have.
Reply to comment

perkins experience survey on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:52 PM
The Survey code can't be connected with the incorporation of some other promotion codes or some other offers. It will be considered as invalid in the event that on the off chance that it is duplicated or moved from different sources. You can likewise check progressively about the standards by visiting the official site.
Reply to comment

acaeronet on Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:26 AM
You can login to Acaeronet portal which is designed for the Air Canada employees by following instructions on our website.
Reply to comment

longhorn survey on Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:27 AM
Fill Longhorn survey and stand a chance to win free goodies from lonhorn steakhouse
Reply to comment

myaicampus on Thursday, September 26, 2019 3:27 AM
myaicampus is an online student portal for the ones studying in Art colleges in the US.
Reply to comment thumbnails on Friday, October 04, 2019 2:44 AM
His various domains of interest are Search Engine Optimization and performing assessment to choose gathering of observers needs and interests. Request him on Quora or visit the connect with us page for direct affiliation.
Reply to comment

foxfi key unlocked apk on Monday, October 07, 2019 10:28 PM
With regards to the protection factor, Android 7.0 (Nougat) and other upcoming android tools are not compatible. You can use the USB cable for Foxfi android app to link or share the web even on your Verizon devices.
Reply to comment

best sports shoes on Sunday, October 13, 2019 9:29 PM
The shoe is lightweight and simple to move in, your feet are all around upheld by the ADIWEAR 6 outsole. This outsole likewise makes the shoe fantastically tough and adaptable and, alongside the work uppers, gives a cozy and agreeable fit for your foot keeping them cool and dry. ADIPRENE pads and ensures your impact points and alongside the forefoot lashes offer extra help in the padded soles.
Reply to comment

71200X Braindumps on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 3:38 AM
I read this article. I think You put a considerable measure of push to make this article. I value your work.
Reply to comment

sethoxreviews on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:52 PM
The shelter of the Stroller is waterproof and can without much of a stretch expel as indicated by the season. The Stroller has a shade that shields the child from the downpour in blustery season. In the late spring, shade spares the infant from sun reflections.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

How to Map Out a Project
How to Make a Visual Scale
Checking In Down Under
Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Mental Inflexibility
Brain Yoga: Mental Flexibility and Executive Function


Autism Spectrum Disorders
Direct Instruction
Evidence-based practices
Executive Function
Traumatic Brain Injury
powered by