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the music teacher’s sixth sense

March 11, 2019 1 Comment

Sir Year 12 explaining my perfect pitch to Sir Year 10:

“So Ms Kwok *HEARS STUFF* in the same way that creepy kid sees dead people in ‘The Sixth Sense’…”

I’m feeling weirdly complimented. 😆

the truth about report writing

September 9, 2018

Let me break down report writing:

Depending on the term, it’s writing a 5000 to 10000 word essay under EXTREME pressure, when you are completely and utterly exhausted from the term of teaching and are hating life anyway.

You have a critical audience of approximately 250 students and (even more alarmingly) 500-ish parents who are all deeply interested in DIFFERENT 200-300 word increments of said academic essay. So you can’t even throw in a random half-page quote to haze your audience. You have to write at absolute premium quality for the WHOLE DAMN ESSAY.

If you don’t utilise that thesaurus of “student-focused + encouraging” words, you can be damn sure you’ll be fielding a phone call from an irate parent as to why you described their precious darling as “conscientious” rather than “dedicated”.

YOU CAN’T EVEN WRITE WHAT YOU WANT. You have to spend your time scrupulously veiling your true thoughts into positively-bent, passive-aggressive pointers of “forward-thinking encouragement”.

The final report is like white bread: refined as all hell with all the good stuff processed out, leaving only the fluffy white stuff.

Happy report writing!

a teacher’s resting bitch face

June 9, 2018

Late yesterday afternoon:

Sir Year 10 No. 1: “Do you reckon Ms Kwok’s annoyed with us?”

Sir Year 10 No. 2: “Nah, that’s just Resting Report Face.”

Yes, I’m a Year 6-12 Specialist Classroom Music teacher, but being in a secondary school comes with hilarious and awesome benefits. Like being asked to RIDE A STUDENT-BUILT HOVERCRAFT!

This was the coolest thing ever. We had Year 8 Science Week and a KID BUILT A HOVERCRAFT, from a leaf-blower, piece of wood, and a lightweight plastic chair.

WHAT. A. CHAMP.

a kid built a hovercraft!

June 3, 2018 1 Comment

my 2017 music posse!

November 25, 2017

This is the Class of 2017 Music posse that has made me laugh and cry in equal measures; whom I loved to bits and have worried incessantly over, who have both inspired me and been the bane of my existence, depending upon their state of organisation, and for whom I will treasure the year gone by, that I had the opportunity to get to know such beautiful, different, and individual personalities.

Thank you for lighting up my world at Pulteney, cracking me up, bringing me coffee, frustrating the crap out of me, and allowing me the honour of affecting your lives.

Mama Kwokkie X

compass

November 15, 2017

As a teacher, you go into each day trying to do all you can to lift those students up. But every now and then, you have a day where you wonder if you’ve done enough. If you’ve made the right call, if you’ve hit the balance between perception, compassion, and hard-arse that affects them.

I’m not talking about beating the life out of them, as effective as that might be for immediate results. I’m talking about deeply affecting young people and modelling the behaviours I live my life by. 

The compass I followed today was that you cannot shame someone into changing their actions and behaviours. Shame is an unbelievably effective way of getting the results you want, as a teacher. But is it a lifelong and willingly learned lesson? No. I really don’t think so.

Either way, that’s where my compass led me today.

I hope with all my heart that I’ve made the right call.

whatever gets you through!

October 11, 2017

Sir Year 6: “Ms Kwok, why is your icon for Year 6 Music a glass of red wine?”

Me, outside voice: “Because there were no purple or orange stars in the same series left.”

Me, inside voice: “BECAUSE IT KEEPS YOU GUYS ALIVE.”

fidget spinner for teachers

May 28, 2017

I have a complete and uncompromising dislike of fidget spinners. But THIS ONE I like.