The day it snowed in Burnie

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Yesterday, it snowed in Burnie.
It hasn’t snowed here since 1986.
The snow fell while I was marking attendance and my students asked if they could go outside.
I’d never seen snow in Burnie, so I joined them in the courtyard. We felt the snow melt as we caught the drifting flurries in our hands. We took pictures, laughed, shivered and…

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How Uber saved us at Comic-Con

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Uber is relatively new to Australia, but in the United States, where it all began, it’s a thriving competitor to the taxi industry. Now I know why.
At the recent Comic-Con in San Diego, my students and I caught a taxi back to our hostel. We had been queuing several hours for a bracelet to guarantee entry to the Supernatural…

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Jesus Christ Super What?

Recently, I attended a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar staged by PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Group) in Burnie. The production was quite good for a city that most people have never heard of and care even less to visit.
But what was sad about this production, besides the casting of a middle aged,…

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Why schools must teach unemployment skills

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I’m making a documentary inspired by the Global Financial Crisis.

It looks at why schools should teach unemployment skills.

Although mainland Australia was spared much of the hardship experienced in other parts of the world, Tasmania was not as fortunate, and youth unemployment, even in good times, often hovers between 20 and 30 percent.

The GFC hit Tasmania’s North West Coast particularly…

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Comma Magic now available as a Kindle ebook

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Commas may not look like much, but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to writing a coherent sentence. And, believe it or not, the judicious use of commas is even responsible for the unique sound of a writer’s voice.

Unfortunately, many of us have no idea how to get the most…

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Why most online tutorials are a waste of time

Have you ever created a tutorial and wanted to share it on  social media?

Don’t! Or at least only do so when you’re confident of its quality.

You may have the best intentions and a lot of enthusiasm, but unless your tutorial looks and sounds professional it’s a waste of time.

All too often,…

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Why John and Mary can’t read and write and spell

Twelve years ago I was shocked to find I had no idea how to teach anyone to read and write and spell.

For most people this would be no reason to panic. But it was for me because I was in my final year of teacher training.

Incredibly, I’d spent nearly four…

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How not to Skype a famous journalist

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Paul Barry’s shocked face fills the video screen and I’m afraid he will hang up. I want to crawl under a desk but I can’t because my head is clasped tightly between my hands as I try to purge the last few minutes from my memory.

I’d managed to get this…

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