Rural Prac Ponderings

Below is the discussion of my rural practical which I undertook late last year. This post is so late it is appalling but I just haven’t felt like writing a long post lately. 

Firstly, details. 
Practical: This was only my second teaching practical. I was in my third year of university.
Location: I undertook a month long practical in Clermont, QLD. A remote mining/farming town in Central QLD. This town was only a short hour long drive from my home town.
Accommodation: I was able to stay with my grandmother as she lives in Clermont.
School: I completed my practical at Clermont State School. I had year 3/4
  • I realised how much I missed the bush. I forgot how lovely it was to actually see the stars, to fall asleep without traffic noises, and how beautiful the red dirt and gumtrees are. I also saw kangaroos and emus every day which was awesome.
  • I spent lots of time with my grandmother.
  • There was a small number of staff. Clermont SS had eleven teachers. Compared to the city schools I have been in this was a much smaller number. It allowed me to know everyone on a more personal level.
  • This ties into the above point. The school was small. This allowed us to do whole school activities. Every Friday afternoon the school gathered and teachers nominated themselves to host different activities of their choice (play dough, outdoor games, arts etc.). Kids chose an activity according to what behaviour level they had achieved that week (there was a complex whole school behaviour management system that was based off colours and points). The ones on the highest levels got put into their first choice activities first. 
  • The teachers were all young. Nearly all the teachers were young graduates who were completing their rural service. They lived together and were all genuinely friends. They also made an effort to include me. They invited me to coffee, drinks and lunches. It was also my 21st birthday while on prac. The teachers decorated the staffroom and bought me a cake which was so thoughtful.
  • I had THE most amazing mentor teacher. She had never had a prac student before but you would never know. She was so organised and supportive. She allowed me to explore lesson ideas and truly treated me as an equal. I would give anything to complete my internship in her classroom but it just isn’t possible.
  • Small town = less OHS bullshit. I cannot go into details but there wasn’t the panic that is so common in city schools. Bus only fits 15 kids and there is 20? eh. They will fit. There was just a much more relaxed feeling. 
  • I hated my classroom. It was a large room with one class up one end and another up the other. I did get used to it, but at first I found it daunting to teach knowing another teacher was watching me and a whole other class could hear what I was saying. Especially when I was doing a social activity which required a little noise and they were doing quiet work. The school is getting dividers built in soon though.
  • I was lonely. Im sure this wouldn’t be the case if I actually worked in the community and could make friends but, just living with my nana and being so busy made me feel very isolated. 
  • There were some cliques. I am guessing that happens when people live/work together. House mates get upset at each other and some bitching goes on etc. etc. I just stayed out of it and didn’t participate in gossip. I grew up in a small town - I know the rules. 
  • I HATED seeing the time consuming and irritating teaching pushes from higher authorities. WALT & WILF at the beginning of every lesson? sure. Five minute slideshows twice a day which were pretty much verbal repetition of facts? why not. This was not specific to Clermont. It is the higher-ups making the decisions so I cannot say it was a negative for the school, more like the schooling system. 

I have plenty of photos I will be uploading but Tumblr is not cooperating at the moment. 

Perfect night.

Perfect night.





the anti vaccination movement basically consists of random people with no knowledge of medicine going “I can medicine better than doctors” and it would be hilarious if it wasn’t literally killing people

you dont need vaccines, I havent had any and Im still doing great

wow, what a compelling argument. you’ve got me

in other news, i am still alive therefore death must be a myth

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Last night my little god bubby slept over. Nothing like waking up to this face.

Last night my little god bubby slept over. Nothing like waking up to this face.



Yep, pretty much. #truth #life




Yep, pretty much. #truth #life


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Maslow’s Modern Hierarchy of Needs [x]

you forgot tv shows



Maslow’s Modern Hierarchy of Needs [x]

you forgot tv shows

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Sometimes the Chaser is shit.

But sometimes they’re perfect.

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Men want us to kiss them with beards, suck their dicks and kiss their balls with pubes, hug them with hairy arm pits, intwine our legs with hairy thighs, but if women have one hair on our body that isn’t on our head it’s disgusting

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1. Who you are now is not who you will be in 10 years. It is okay to be somebody new 10 minutes from now. We are always learning. We are always growing. If you realized 10 seconds ago that you don’t like who you are, shed your skin, retry, replant yourself in good soil.

2. Cleaning is instant therapy. When your brain is muddy, take a shower, wash your hands, change your clothes. Spend 15 minutes straightening your living room. When you are angry, scrub things. I know it’s crazy but it works instantly.

3. Forgive someone’s debt if it’s under 50 dollars, forgive the small things, give a little time to yourself and forgive the big things too. Forgiveness isn’t about the other person, it’s about you. That being said - if someone ever hurts you in a way that would make me cry to know, you get out of there, my love. You just get up and go.

4. Gum karma is real and if you spit out a piece in public expect to find some on your shoe in the future. Same goes for insults and harsh judgement, too.

5. Do what you love and the money will follow.

6. Live your life with an open palm and give as much as you can and as often. At some point in your life, someone will lend you 50 bucks when you’re down on your luck. Remember how that feels. Remember to give that back.

7. Always wear clean underwear. You’ll thank me later.

8. There is a difference between being kind and being passive and there are those who cannot see that difference. They will try to walk all over you. Never bend your knees for those who do.

9. Have faith. Have faith in god or people or yourself or science or in luck or in all of the above. Faith is what keeps us going, faith is what keeps us strong.

10. Pay your bills on time whenever you can, although money is nothing. Remind yourself that.

11. Do not forget you were once ignorant of all you know now. Be patient of anyone who hasn’t had the education you have. Speak at the level of the person you are with - it’s not playing dumb, it’s being considerate. There’s no reason to make them feel uncomfortable. Plus then when someone starts going off about their superior IQ, you can cut them to pieces and watch their face when you do.

12. You are the best person in the room for one particular thing, and that’s confidence. You are the worst person in the room for another thing, and that’s humility. Use both carefully.

13. Never make fun of someone’s beliefs or superstitions, let your kid keep their imaginary friend and let your best buddy believe in knocking on wood. We all have security blankets. Don’t take away someone else’s.

14. Try to learn something new every day.

15. The worse you look, the more likely you are to run into someone you know so instead of feeling awkward, learn to be confident in sweats while talking to your friends.

16. Never go to bed angry, it will ruin your sleep and make tomorrow even harder. Find a way to relax. Don’t let today get to your head.

17. Think before you speak. When someone says something, mull over their words before answering. This is called listening, it is different than hearing.

18. What keeps love beautiful is that there’s risk involved. If he breaks your heart and it doesn’t hurt, it wasn’t love in the first place.

19. Never let someone else determine who you are or how happy. You are too strong to be torn apart.

20. I love you, even when we are fighting, even when I am fast asleep. Don’t doubt it for an instant. You are my everything.

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I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo

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Wine with my ladies

Wine with my ladies


Tony Abbott questioned by Newtown High Students

Feeling SO MUCH faith in the next generation.

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Australia’s protest march signs against the government are getting pretty serious.


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