Friday, May 29, 2020

Ripple Wood

The pattern in the middle sort of reminded me of drift wood.

Today's Gratitude Item: My speakers at school are finally working again. Needless to say this is a big deal and it makes my life infinitely easier.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Shavuot Sameach

Shavout Sameach everyone! The image below is shamelessly recycled from last year (with minor changes).

Today's Gratitude Item: A truly amazing lunch. It's Samoan Language week at school and some of our Samoan staff members shared the love (and by that I mean they fed us some really delicious food).

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Fees vs Coffee

This post is a bit different to my usual offering. The short version is that here in New Zealand, teachers need a 'Practicing Certificate' to be able to teach. The fees for said piece of plastic are set to almost double. Schools don't pay the fee on behalf of their teaching staff so as teachers we are expected to pay to be able to do the job we love.

As one might imagine, the outcry has been quite loud. The Chief Executive of the Teachers Council tried to tell us all that the total fee equated to the price of a $3 coffee each week. This is the oldest trick in the book - where someone who should know better tries to convince others that an expensive item is not so bad if it is broken down into small chunks. Of course, this is what is known as a false equivalence - as there is a big difference between optionally treating oneself to a hot beverage and paying a compulsory fee.

Below is an infographic I made to highlight the situation.

Today's Gratitude Item: That our school network which was 'down' before school this morning came back up in time for my first class. No network = no possibility of anyone in my room doing any work (which is not good).

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beach Fence

This is something that might surround a holiday home. It's funky and bright.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I live on an Island where it has been possible to contain COVID-19. It has not been easy but we are down to 22 active, known cases and have had no new cases for a number of days. Here's hoping things continue to improve...

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tight Mat

Weirdly it took ages to get the 'weave' of this one 'just right'.

Today's Gratitude Item: Knowing well in advance that the school network will be 'down' last period on Friday. Whilst this is far from ideal, at least it gave me the option of letting parents and my students know that they would need to bring paper-based work to that class so that the time was not completely wasted. I'm looking at it as a way to ease in to the long weekend.