Saturday, June 13, 2009

Eco Footprint Diary

Bags: I am doing well with bags! I went to the warehouse and had too much stuff to carry, so I bought a green bag (actually its blue) they are even cheaper there than the super market! Only 99c rather than $1.39! I think the real challenge is to get into the habit of taking a bag. Is seems like a strange concept because for years and years we have been given bags at the counter, it will be a hard mind set to change "right I'm going shopping, i need to take my bags" I think I can do it!

Heat pump... didn't use it at all last night! but forgot it is on a timer and it came on this morning even though it wasn't really cold at all.. good start though :)

Still hoping to hear cool ideas for keeping the wedding green, so far its candles instead of lights:) what else can we do?!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Persuasive Writing

Map out your argument on line and then print your plan! So easy!
and here you can write a letter in the template provided: very convenient if you needed to write a letter to the principle or you wanted to write a letter about sustainability to a corporation for as an action at the end of an inquiry process... :)
another good one to look at for writing arguments or persuasive letters is this:


Well in room 18 we are about to start our eco-footprint diaries. We are going to do small things in our own lives to reduce our eco footprints and record out progress on our blogs.

The first thing I have decided to do, along with my fiance, is to try and have a green wedding. Rather than sending out hold the date cards and invites on paper, we have done it digitally! We are also trying to source local produce and services to avoid unnecessary travel. Any other ideas would be welcome!

My other idea is to reduce how much we use our heat pump at home, we could put on a jumper instead to keep warm!

And thirdly, I am going to try and stop using plastic bags! I almost forgot last time and ended up with one plastic and one green! Better than two plastic! I need to put my green bags in my car so they are there when ever i need them!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


My cat is being bullied. He has been giving off the obvious signs, walking around with his head hung low and his tail between his legs, sneaking around like only cats can, like there's someone around every corner waiting to beat him up!

He has also been really strange at night, crying and carrying on and acting like he has forgotten how to use his cat door!

But I didn't put two and two together!

Until today!

I got home and he was wining to be let out, so I say "look Pierre (that's his name, its french) this is silly! I will show you where your cat door is in case you have forgotten" and so I take him through the lounge to his cat door.... and there waiting on the other side of the cat door is...

SCARFACE CLAW! The toughest tom in town!!!!

(well that's not his name but I call him that because he is black and mean!)

So then Pierre springs out of my arms and runs into the bedroom and under the bed!

He is still there right now!

What should I do about this pet bullying! It cant go on my cat is traumatised!

Should I tell Mr Major??


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Gallagar room activity

Site for helping to learn verbs nouns and pronouns etc, read, practice and then test yourself :)


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

have you done your blog??

Comment here when you have done both of your blogs.
1 about clement and jo and one about kris.
so i can check them! thank you!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

O and i found this cool stop watch that we are going to use in class to keep track of time, so we can learn to manage our time better:)

week 4

Well mid week 4 (actually its week 5 for the kids) were all half way!
Mufti day was an interesting experience today, it was cool to see who kids are when they are not in uniform, the teachers warned me that it might get a bit crazy.. and maybe it did..
We have been getting out villages ready for our island, which should be fun (if we learn to communicate with out yelling), the idea is that everyone thinks about what they need on the island, for survival and for their job and what they will need to trade for from other communities. Economics!

Looking forward to getting organised and really nutting out our villages and what we do to survive!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


One of my reading groups is looking at this boat made of plastic bottles and its journey to the plastic soup of the pacific, here is the link if any one else is interested :) i think he is going to blog his journey, it is all about recycling and sustainability :)

check it out!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Well I have survived my cut off date (the dreaded 8th of May) and managed to avoid the visit from the university lecturer in week 2! A good effort all round I think!!
Teaching is a lot of fun in room 18, with some great characters to keep everyday interesting!
I am really enjoying maths at the moment, we have a great system starting and it seems to be going well, I would love to hear what you guys think of it (room 18)??
I'm not so sure about being a soccer coach though! Muddy fields, rain and cold winds were not enjoyable on Wednesday!
Another way cool discovery was finding that somebody in the class is going to be my cousin when I get married!

Waiting to hear when my evaluative lecturer is planning to visit so I can make sure a few people are away that day ;) joking, the class wouldn't be the same with out them!

Bring on week 3!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The link to fnd out about Takuu Island is some great photos and a very sad story about this sinking island

This is there blog page

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Well its Sunday night, practicum official begins on Monday - TOMORROW!
I'm very relieved to have met the kids and now know I had nothing to be nervous about! :)
They seem like a really fun and engaged class, I really like the way they have interesting class discussions which I look forward to being a part of. Its nice to see a real life example of a community of learners in action! :)
First meeting at 8am so Id better have an early night!
Going to check out "there once was an island" on TVNZ they just spoke about it on Sunday, it is an island that has been effected by global warming.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hi room 18!

Kia Ora,

Hi, I am not very familiar with this blogging stuff, but I thought I should introduce myself since I have started leaving comments on the woodmonsters page. I am a third year training teacher, excited to be starting my final practicum in room 18! I am very passionate about sustainability and about inhabiting the Matai Islands! I have my own vege garden, but I am looking forward to learning more ways to live sustainably (as they often double as money savers too!) and getting in to action!