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empathy hotline

January 30, 2013


Nathan McTague’s enthusiasm is contagious. Through his blog A Beautiful Place of the World he demonstrates his love for his family, the place where he lives, the part he plays in the world, and his thoughtful insights and quality information about being a parent. Nathan and his partner Natalie have started an Empathy Hotline. At the moment it’s […]

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only in the present

January 23, 2013


I have a keen interest in Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing. I think there is a lot we can learn from gaining an understanding of other people’s stories and culture. Hearing these stories, we are sometimes challenged to look outside of our accepted ways and we gain deeper insight into who we are, […]

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being there

November 22, 2011


As a parent educator, I facilitate quite a few parenting workshops throughout the year. Some I have written, some are off-the-shelf. Workshops about positive parenting. Workshops about the importance of play, and getting ready for school, and keeping children safe. Every now and again, I get a group that just gels. On average, once a […]

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drop a love bomb

September 9, 2011


I was cruising around blogs the other week, as one does when one is avoiding tackling the mountain of washing confronting one, and I happened upon the following site… drop a love bomb the idea is that people nominate someone with a blog who could use a mountain of support, and the organisers choose one person […]

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gleeful ethics

September 2, 2011


I teach ethics at the local primary school. It’s a volunteer gig. Sometimes I resent it as it consumes a little bit of my mental health time (day off) each week. There’s no break when you live with kids and you work with kids. I’m always thinking about kids and different ways of being with kids. Teaching […]

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different country, same story

May 17, 2011


Growing up in the ’70’s, I watched a lot of cowboy and Indian movies. I could not believe the injustices suffered by the Native American people. When I was an adolescent, I discovered that similar battles were waged against Aboriginal people in Australia. Aaron Huey is a photographer living in the US who has documented the […]

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choose respect

April 20, 2011


The motto of the school is “safe and respectful learners”. As I worked with the children, I wondered whether the meaning of the motto had been deconstructed for them. They are very good at parroting the motto, but it did not appear to be integrated into classroom practice, the curriculum, and the playground. I have observed some […]

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two years on

April 12, 2011


Image from I have been facilitating the expressive arts group at school for two years now. My colleague and I have been reflecting recently how the group has evolved. The group has gone from organised and contained chaos with up to 27 students attending in the early stages of the group, to bliss. Right […]

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children see, children do

March 18, 2011


The following video was released at least five years ago, and was produced for Child Protection Week by NAPCAN, a child protection agency in Australia. It is very powerful visually and may disturb some people.

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into the wild

March 8, 2011


I happened upon the movie “Into the Wild” whilst flicking around the channels. It was on late, hidden amongst the flotsam and jetsam of television programming. The description said it was directed by Sean Penn, and as he appears to be a complex character, I thought the movie may be interesting, and recorded it. It sat on […]

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