Sunday, January 22, 2012


This year is going to be a year of learning for me.

Last year I commenced a post graduate course at Swinburne University that was related to my teaching. I've passed the first half of that course, and will complete the rest by June. And while I've no doubt some of it will be beneficial to my work, I must say I'll be glad when it's done and dusted. I'm not a very good on-line student. I'd much prefer to be in the classroom with real live teachers.

I've also been awarded (after an application and interview) a two-week study tour of China. I'll be heading off in a few months time with a bunch of colleagues from around the region to look at the Chinese education system in action. I must say I'm very excited about that trip and the implications it has for my own teaching. The National Curriculum, which is supposed to be hoisted upon English early next year, has Asia Literacy right at its heart. And so I intend to learn as much as I can while enjoying the people I meet and the food I am forced to eat.

Jack Dann is a name synonymous with science fiction here in Australia. A lively presence (how's that for tact?) at any convention or event of importance in Melbourne, Jack's a lot of fun to talk to and has a proven track record of published and edited work. And so I'm excited to have signed up for a five month course with Jack through Writers Victoria.

Anything else?

Well, there's always something more to learn, and I do have further plans for later in the year. But I guess those three will do for now.

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