Update – work work work CANCER work…

So, it has been a while since I’ve been active on here. Partly because life got away from me! I’ve been so incredibly busy in the past two years. My first year of teaching was a success and 2016 saw me working with Stage 3. I was hard at work for the first semester of the year and then I noticed something wasn’t right…

Term 3 rolled around and I had been sick for weeks. And I mean WEEKS! I spent about 8 weeks going back and forth between dip sh** doctors. I kept on focussing on work, because when I was working, I didn’t notice what was going on with my body. I decided it was time to switch doctor and after a series of tests and scans I was advised to go straight to hospital as they were fearing respiratory failure. That visit was uneventful, all I had was an appointment with a respiratory specialist in 4 weeks time.

August 31st rolled around and all I remember hearing was “I’m not going to lie, it looks like Lymphoma”. After a CT┬áscan and core needle biopsy (OUCH!) it was all confirmed as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I left work Term 3 Week 7 for the rest of the year to kick cancers arse.

So, here I am. I’ve just finished 8 rounds of chemotherapy and am about to start radiation mid January. Oh, and I’m returning to work next year. I’m working with Stage 3 again. The tricky part will be juggling radiation AND teaching.

Anyway, I have uploaded some new resources on my TpT website. Go have a gander!


Reading Strategy Posters



Classroom Jobs



Nearing the end of my block week, I have never been so exhausted! My K/1 class are beautiful but VERY challenging! I have this one boy who is ODD/ADHD and he’s such a handful. I am at a loss with how to deal with his behaviour however he is starting to trust me which makes it a little easier.

Anyway, I need to plan for tomorrow. Who said teachers have it easy?!

What a day! I walked into school with the understanding I would be on upper primary. This changed in an instant and I spent the day with 25 transition kids. 4 year olds aren’t the easiest age to teach, especially when you aren’t trained in early childhood education. I thought I’d make the best of the situation and the day went really well.

During lunch I was told that some artwork that I did with year 3/4 has been selected for an art show. This news put a huge smile on my face. Oh and I cuddled a ginnie pig!

I’m back on 3/4 tomorrow and we will be creating water-colored imperial dragons in the morning, fractions in the middle session and sport in the afternoon. Let’s see how it goes.

A Look Inside My Casual Folder

Part of being organised and ready for that important phone call in the morning is having an easy-to-navigate casual folder. I thought I’d make mine look fun and somewhat magical so I bought some sparkly contact to cover the outside.


Inside the folder I have copies of a ‘while you were away’ sheets for the teacher. I would fill this out at the end of the day and write down the lessons taught, parent notes, additional notes, good helpers and the students who misbehaved.

It has been broken up into stages with activities ranging from literacy, numeracy, science, HSIE and art. I have also collected hands on activities for students to use when they have finished their work.

At the back there are copious amounts of stickers. I tend to use these as rewards for students doing the right thing.