My Pond of Knowledge

A portfolio of classroom learning, both students' and my own personal.


What is my sentence?

I love it when days after a Professional Development session I find that I am still mulling thoughts and ideas around in my head. It may be part of an elaborate procrastination to slow me down from writing “the cherubs'” reports, but I prefer to look at it through rosier glasses.

So what have I been pondering here in The Pond?

“What is my sentence?”

It’s a big thing. Like a tweet in length but as crucial to your existence as what is written on your tombstone.

I haven’t quite got it to a single sentence, but I feel like I am well on my way…..

What do you think?

What is your sentence?


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eLearning: Twitter

I remember when I was on my 3rd year prac. I collected every extra worksheet I could. I brought them home and filed them in my apricot laminate filing cabinet. There were 4 drawers and numerous hanging files. They had many specific tags and titles and within 2 years they were jam packed of “stencils” – yes, several purple tinted (the gestetner was still hiding in a workroom of most schools).

These pages were later transferred into lever arch folders – by sub-school section, and as these too grew, by topic.

Today the discussion with my student teacher revolved around the words ‘Twitter‘, ‘FaceBook‘ and Pinterest.

Up until last week I would have come home and jotted down a list of my favourites on a piece of paper and handed it to her. Now, having embraced the ‘Challenge from George‘ I have come home and decided to write a post with some of my favourites.

So, here it goes…..


Angela Maiers

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Tech

Bethe Almeras

Cate Heroman

Edna Sackson

Todd Whitaker

Steve Box

Education Week

Bruce Ferrington

The Teacher Page

and, of course, George Couros


I love that this is ready to pass on and use – I hope that you have noticed the links *fingers crossed that they work and lead you to the right place*

Having said that, it has taken over an hour to compile just this short list so the FaceBook and Pinterest links will have to wait for another day.









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George Couros @Flinders

Today I had the opportunity to spend an amazing day listening to the wisdom of George Couros.
Now, if you haven’t ever heard of him…. firstly, come out from under your rock. You can find him at The Principal of Change. This is a blog which will light up your life as each post is sent to your inbox.
Anyway… part of today was the setting of a “challenge”… to set up a ePortfolio. This is starting with a focus on the National Professional Standards for Teachers.
In the next few days I hope to find a way to either link with or include TfEL in this Portfolio.

Because I want this to “work” for me there are also pages to help me store my thoughts and plans, as well as trying to balance my Teaching focus – the stuff that life throws you before, during or after times.

The Journey begins….