A long time ago, in a twitterverse far far away… I was
nominated challenged by @fivefoot3 to carry out this blogging task. Here’s the task…
The blogging task
Acknowledge the nominating blogger. Share 11 random facts about yourself. Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you. List 11 bloggers. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don’t nominate a blogger who has nominated you.
Now that I’ve completed and submitted my thesis, and had a bit of a break from doing anything (apart from work), I’m ready to give it a go. I’m not sure I’ll get to the posting of 11 new questions and nominating 11 bloggers yet, but I do want to make sure I complete the other parts of the task. So here goes… (I apologise as this got a little long…)
11 random facts about the one and only ME!
- I’m married with 5 kids. For those who know me this won’t come as any surprise, but usually when I mention this people think I’m a little crazy and think we must have a busy household etc. Both of these may be true, and… yes I do know what causes them!
- I never wanted to be a teacher. My parents are both teachers. I wanted to do a science degree but I didn’t want to work in a lab. So… what to do… I applied for a conjoint BSc/BTchg course and got accepted. Even when I finished it I wasn’t overly excited, however, education and my love/passion for learning has grown on me since then. Maybe I just grew up! Now I love education. I completed a PGDipEd. I’ve just submitted my thesis for my MEd (I’m very nervous about that!), and I’m very passionate about teaching and learning, e-learning, education and helping people succeed!
- I attended state schools, private schools, state-integrated schools and I’ve been homeschooled. Yep, I’ve done the lot (although I’ve never been unschooled). Ups and downs with all of them.
- I gave my wife a 52 week anniversary in 2013-2014 to celebrate our 10th year of marriage. In January this year, my wife and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. Each Sunday of the preceding year I gave my wife a gift to celebrate. It was a lot of fun!
- I played cricket in primary school and high school. And I love watching cricket. I’m able to sit through an entire 5 day test. Love it!!!
- I’ve learnt how to make good coffee but can’t stand it myself! I try to make my wife a coffee every day. She has an espresso machine and so I make real coffee. Her favourite is a long black but she goes for a mocha occasionally too (oops, this is supposed to be about me not her…).
- I delivered my youngest child… at home… no help present. This was an interesting experience. When we only just made it into the ward with number four, we figured we’d better call an ambulance for number five. 12:40 am my wife wakes me and says to call an ambulance. I call 111, ambulance is on its way. My wife is definitely in labour… oh… actually she’s pushing. 111 operator guides me through delivering my baby girl. She’s wrapped in a towel having snuggles with Mum by the time the ambulance arrives. Paramedics tell us that usually when they get a “woman in labour” call they have about 8 hours. Not this time.
- I love Twitter! This probably isn’t surprising if you’re reading this blog post. I used to wonder why anyone would use twitter. Who cares if someone is having a cup of coffee or gone for a walk. Then I discovered at a conference the power of twitter and have made a number of great connections online and it’s great PD!
- I own a Pebble watch. Makes me feel a little geekier than I probably really am. It was a 10th anniversary gift from my wife. She thinks it makes her a bigger geek than me because she bought if for me. If you don’t know what a Pebble watch is then click here.
- I love travelling but have not travelled much. I’ve not done anywhere near as much travelling as I would’ve liked. Australia a few times, and was lucky enough to get to the US (LA, Chicago and Atlanta) and down to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil when I was 14. That was quite an experience!
- I’m awesome. I was going to write this first, and then decided not to. Then I needed one more fact and asked my daughter (12) for one more. She said, “You’re awesome” straight away. I promise there was no prompting. You can even ask my wife (@daikininz)! One reason I was going to write it is that I think in New Zealand we are really good at talking ourselves down and also shooting down the tall poppies. I really want to change that. I think it’s great if people are confident about themselves and if people encourage, praise and support others in feeling good about themselves.
Answers to the questions from @fivefoot3
- Who was your first teacher and what did you think of them?
I think my first teacher was called Miss Colby (it was something like that). I don’t remember her very well, but I recollect thinking she was old. I’m sure she was nice-new entrant teachers always are.
- When you escape everyone where do you go?
I’ve got a couple of places I go. I like to head out and wander the shops sometimes. Usually I’ll walk around a few shops and then grab something to eat and drink. I also have a spot that I like to drive to and park at the mouth of the Hutt River. It looks out towards Matiu/Somes Island and Wellington city. I find it really peaceful and relaxing.
- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Truthfully, I’m probably neither at the moment, but generally I’m more of a morning person.
- What is your number one tried and tested “Grandma’s remedy” for illness?
I honestly don’t really have one. Rest and have someone else look after me.
- If you could name 1 education book that a beginning teacher should buy, what would it be?
I don’t/haven’t read a lot of education books, but I do read a lot of blogs, so this book might not strictly be for beginning teachers, but a book I found really good was, “Making the move to e-learning: Putting your course online” by Kay Lehmann and Lisa Chamberlin.
- When the going gets tough who or what is your rock?
This would have to be my wife. And still, sometimes my Dad.
- If you could be a rock/pop star who would you be?
I have no idea.
- Touch type or finger poke?
Definitely touch type. I learnt at high school during Year 9-11. Got up to about 60wpm then. Can do over 90wpm now. Would not have managed to get through postgraduate study, especially writing a thesis if I was a finger poker. I also strongly believe that all children should learn to touch type.
- What is one thing that you will do this year to make the world a better place?
Keep breathing. Seriously though, I want to help make changes in my workplace that will benefit the lives of the thousands of students that we serve each year. My aim is to help the school make the shift from a correspondence mode of delivery to more fully online ensuring good pedagogies are considered along the way.
- Why did you first join twitter?
I think I kind of answered this already in my random facts. It was to make connections with other educators and learn what they’re doing. To share with them and also to get my blog seen.
- What is one thing you’re going to read lots about this year?
E-learning and Education 3.0. I’m always reading about e-learning, online learning, blended learning etc. Our school has also decided to ensure we are heading towards teaching and learning using Education 3.0 methods and pedagogies, so I’ll be reading a fair bit about this also. It’s all pretty much related though!
well… 1 for now… getting tricky to find people who haven’t already done it! @sandydougherty,
11 questions for the bloggers
- If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
- What age group do you prefer to teach?
- Intermediate or middle schools?
- What are you most passionate about in regards to education?
- What’s your dream car and what colour?
- Why do you blog?
- If you were to get a new pet, what would it be and what would you name it?
- Summer or winter?
- What is one thing you would like to change/work on in your teaching practice this year?
- If you were to choose a different career, what would it be?
- Apple, Android, PC or a mix?