Two things made me smile this week (in fact, there were more than two, but these two made me really smile.)
This made me smile tonight.
And earlier this week, this made me really smile.
These are the moments that keep me in this game. I had another like this today, when a Mother of one of the students in my class came in to tell me how much her daughter was enjoying my class, and that whatever it was I was doing, it was working, because she was coming home talking about the class and the things we had explored.
It’s been a good week all round. I presented to staff earlier in the week and it was well received, and I feel like I’m making some inroads in terms of staff understanding the need to integrate technology into their classroom practice. Yep, good week all round.
The sun has made a welcome return to Melbourne. I’m going to make sure it’s a good weekend too. I hope it treats you well too. Enjoy :)
Our two school student leaders shared this video today in assembly. They asked the girls in the audience to think about how they were spending their life, and what they might do to make the most of the days they had this year. I think it made an impact on all of us sitting there watching it. Thinking about how much time you spend doing things that seem inconsequential when you look at life as a collection of jelly beans makes you take stock.
I’ll ponder than one. Have a good weekend. Make the most of those two days.
Even I am surprised by the sheer – dare I say it – stupidity, of the people interviewed in this clip posted by Jimmy Kimmel Live.
But wait for it, you need to see this list from Mashable of the 25 most common passwords, derived from 3 million passwords leaked online last year apparently.
1. 123456 (Unchanged from 2013)
2. password (Unchanged)
3. 12345 (Up 17)
4. 12345678 (Down 1)
5. qwerty (Down 1)
6. 234567890 (Unchanged)
7. 1234 (Up 9)
8. baseball (New)
9. dragon (New)
10. football (New)
11. 1234567 (Down 4)
12. monkey (Up 5)
13. letmein (Up 1)
14. abc123 (Down 9)
15. 111111 (Down 8)
16. mustang (New)
17. access (New)
18. shadow (Unchanged)
19. master (New)
20. michael (New)
21. superman (New)
22. 696969 (New)
23. 123123 (Down 12)
24. batman (New)
25. trustno1 (Down 1)
If you’re reading that list and identify a password you’re currently using, then trust me, you do need help. Watch the following from Mozilla that I’ve used with Year 5 students who, in their youthful enthusiasm, think it’s a good idea to share their passwords with their friends.
Something to start the school year with!
Enjoy your weekend. I’m planning on doing just that. :)
I saw this shared on Twitter this morning from Guy Kawasaki. It’s an older video, but one of those timeless pieces that pulls at the heartstrings and gives you a bit of a laugh in the process.
What I can tell you is this – I did not receive a marriage proposal that looked anything like this. In fact, when I think back on it, I’m not sure it was a formal proposal at all, more like an understanding that we were going to stay together and get married. Maybe longevity in a marriage can’t be measured on the quality of the proposal, because an ordinary proposal has resulted in 27 years of marriage for my husband and I!
Speaking of longevity, this is the 300th School’s out Friday post on this blog. The first post appeared on January 25th, 2008. Here was what I said about ‘School’s out Friday’ and it’s purpose back then;
This brings me to today’s post. Here in Melbourne we have two radio presenters on Fox FM, Hamish and Andy. Their Friday afternoon broadcast is called ‘Pants off Friday’ because it is the end of the working week. I’ve decided that my Friday posts are going to be a bit of fun because it’s the end of the school week and I’m going to call them ‘School’s out Friday’.
Hamish and Andy are still around and on the radio, but I’m not sure if ‘Pants off Friday’ still features. I have to say, ‘School’s out Friday’ posts are one of the reasons this blog has survived. The duty I’ve felt to post regularly (not always weekly!), and then the guilt I’ve experienced when I see a string of weeks where the only posts are ‘School’s out Friday’ has often prompted me to write when enthusiasm has waned. Best of all, I really like them. Humour is an important element of my classroom practice and my life out of the classroom. Laughing on a regular basis is good for the soul.
Rainy weekend here in Melbourne after a spell of hot weather. Not my fave conditions, but it’s the weekend, so let’s make the best of it, huh? I hope you have a great one. :)
Got a spare nine minutes on a hot summer’s night ? Granted, it might not be hot where you are, but it is hot here in Melbourne right now. The Ohio State Marching Band’s ‘It came from outer space’ is pretty impressive stuff and not a bad way to while away 9 minutes of your life.
Another scorcher coming to Melbourne tomorrow. May even venture into the pool. Now that would be an event! Enjoy the first weekend of 2015 – do something just for you. :)
I haven’t featured a flash mob in quite awhile for a School’s out Friday post, so time for some unbridled joy that comes from indulging in your groove thing. Well, the next best thing really – watching people indulging in their groove thing!
Having spent time at the Piazza San Marco in recent months, I’m not sure how this flash mob managed to clear the space necessary to get their performance happening. How they assembled a mass of people for this in a place like Venice and where they might have practised beforehand, well, that’s mind boggling too. According to Venezia Today (once Google Translate helped me decipher language!), it was a fiftieth birthday gift from a special lady to her partner. Interesting gift, and quite possibly, a pricey one too!
If I had any energy, I’d be up for getting my groove thing happening, but alas, end of year exhaustion has well and truly set in. Time to head to bed to reclaim energy levels. Enjoy your weekend – get your groove thing happening if an opportunity presents itself. :)