Typo Pop Poster Giveaway

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POSTER GIVEAWAY

On Tuesday, I wrote a post about an Typo Pop, an awesome online business that I discovered in the lead up to Christmas. SportyDad and I are very much fans of pop culture – he loves his music and I love movies, TV and books (particularly all things Harry Potter!). I really loved the notion of being able to purchase a cool design and use it to create something awesome (and doesn’t cost a bomb!)

Today I am teaming up with the lovely Michelle from Typo Pop to giveaway one of their funky posters.

To win a Typo Pop poster of your choice, follow these three simple steps below:

1. Like Typo Pop on Facebook

2. Like MumWifeTeacherNerd on Facebook

3. Click on the image below to fill out a very simple entry form

                            …and then…

If you want a bonus entry, share the link to the competition on your Facebook page!

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Entries will be open from 6am Friday 8th Feb 2013 until 10pm Friday 15th Feb 2013, so like, like, like and share, share, share!

In the meantime, check out the fantastic posters at Typo Pop!

Which one do you want to win??????

Linking up with Grace at With Some Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday and Bree from Twinkle in the Eye for Flash Blog Friday

       

**This is not a sponsored post, it is simply a bit cross promotion between and small blog and a small business.**

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Teacher – We’ve figured out what makes a good teacher

If you clicked on my blog thinking I had the secret to making you Teacher of the Year 2013, SORRY! The heading of this post, much like the article below is misleading.

A friend posted a link to this article on Facebook this afternoon: Gates Foundation study: We’ve figured out what makes a good teacher

So even though the article actually tells nothing about *WHAT* makes a good teacher, it does outline an interesting approach as how to identify a good teacher. Certainly far better than the oversimplified approaches that the media reports *may* be introduced in Australia, namely, test results and something linked to Institute of Teachers classification.

The $45M study shows that you can effectively identify a good teacher in 3 ways:

1. Observation by Principals, Peers and Education experts – This seems reasonable that other educators can identify effective teaching, although it is quite open to bias and personal opinion.

2. Statistical analysis to determine the “value added” – This is better than a simple “x students got band 6s” or using a single set of results eg. NAPLAN to determine the teacher performance. It allows for the highly talented teachers of special needs students to still be identified as great teachers and perhaps those who maybe underperforming even though they teach the most talented students.

3. Survey the students – The article seemed to have a tone of surprise when indicating the fact that students are a pretty good judge of who is and isn’t a good teacher. Yes the kids are pretty perceptive little beings and as long as you put any personality clashes aside, the will very reliably tell you (and often willingly) who they think are and aren’t good teachers. They are the ones actually in the classroom everyday.

Like all good research it was then repeated to see if the results were reliable, that is the teachers were tested again the following year with a different group of students.

This is probably the best model of assessing teacher performance I have seen, and certainly the only one thorough enough to determine a person’s salary. It does have one major flaw it took 3 years and funding from the world’s 2nd richest man to determine the performance of 3000 teachers, thats $15000 per teacher. Somehow given the state of education funding in NSW I don’t think this kind of performance assessment is feasible with NSW’s 58000 public school teachers and however many systemic and independent teachers. The article did state this method was being used to help identify and improve teachers in Denver – some more info about how it is being implemented and used would be interesting.

Well that reading and reflection just clocked me an hour of PD – 39 hours to go.

Read and comment and you can log it too. Here are the standards!

6.2.6- Participate constructively in formal and informal professional discussions with colleagues.

6.2.7 Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional learning by exploring educational ideas, issues and research. 

Happy Holidays

-Mrs M

Mum – Blue food is not to be trusted

Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary where Mr Darcy says “if you ask me there isn’t enough blue food”? Well I discovered recently that there is a reason for this – BLUE food is not to be trusted! (If you aren’t familier with the movie reference Google “Bridget Jones Cooking Scene”)

I typically don’t stress about things being “organic” and I don’t scour over packets to check for additives, preservatives and colours. So when my cousin bought Cheeky Boy a cupcake with blue icing and asked if he could have it, I didn’t have a problem – though I did restrict him to a smaller piece (he was already a little sugar loaded from earlier in the day). We proceeded to watch in horror as the icing from a small piece of cupcake managed to get everywhere and be absorbed into everything. Fingers, lips, cheeks and chin all blue. I had blue on my arm and even the dog somehow managed to get blue on his white nose.

Thankfully we were sitting outside, however, baby wipes alone could not contain the mess of blue icing and good old soap and water was required. This meant I needed to very carefully manoeuvre him to the bathroom, willing him to not reach out and touch anything – it was very apparent that this was going to stain. Despite much scrubbing, his fingers and face were still blue, but clean enough that contact would not transfer the colour. A hot soak in the bath got rid of the last bits of blue and I put the trauma of blue out of my mind, at least until the next morning’s nappy showed me that the body cannot process blue food dye.

The other day Cheeky Boy got himself a handful of M&M’s, and within seconds his fingers and lips are blue yet again. It was then that I decided you cannot trust any blue food. There is just something completely unnatural about blue food – nothing grows in that colour. Now before I get a million people screaming about blueberries, they aren’t THAT blue, the skin is that blueish-purpleish colour but the flesh is not blue.

Now Nestle claim Smarties have no artificial colours but until someone shows me how they naturally derive the colour for the blue Smarties, I’m calling bullshit.

-Mrs M

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