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Ceri Edwards
STOP #4 Adelaide, South Australia

STOP #4 Adelaide, South Australia

The Triumphs   Eighty-three years of teaching experience. Watch for the telling sparkle in the eyes and smile of a teacher who is lighting up as they speak about their students, in particular “the tough nuts to crack”. I’ve heard it again and again on this tour. This is the immeasurable magic of teaching, the intoxicating pride and joy of a teacher who has fought to connect with a tricky student by overcoming countless challenges. It sounds sweet, but let’s be clear that this is no easy feat. It takes patience, forgiveness, and dedication. This is that same student who swore and resisted...

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Ceri Edwards
Writing Competition

Writing Competition

Entries are now open for qualified teachers of Australia and New Zealand to share a personal essay or letter that is filled with the truth about teaching. This is an opportunity to speak your truth and answer the question – What are the current triumphs and challenges of teaching in Australia/NZ? A personal essay or ‘a letter to...’ should still have a formal tone and subjective universality. This means that you should avoid being too conversational and casual. This competition is a game of skill, therefore your language choices and writing style should clearly answer the competition question. All potential...

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Ceri Edwards
Stop #3 Lilydale, VIC

Stop #3 Lilydale, VIC

Grateful (and slightly overwhelmed) by the turn out, I awkwardly pulled the mangled microphones and oversized headphones from my bag. I’m hyperaware of any body language that follows; quietly observing nervous twitches hiding in the corner of a smile, eyes darting around looking for who will interview first, then hushed laughter. Teachers are well acquainted with centre stage in their classrooms, but it is rare to find themselves under the spotlight on such a personal level outside of school hours. We are spoken about, rather than to. We are advocated for, rather than through. We are told about new changes,...

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Ceri Edwards
Stop #2 Avondale Heights, VIC

Stop #2 Avondale Heights, VIC

Holy cannoli. More effortless conversations and tasty pastries shared between groups of teachers who have met through the internet. We possess an uncanny ability to recognise the look and sound of a teacher, despite us all looking and sounding so delightfully different. It also appears that we are all 'huggers'. I’m thankful for the comforting familiarity that exists among teachers, like a knitted cardigan that you already know will fit without needing to try it on. We throw our arms around each other with ease; not an awkward misstep, accidental cheek kiss, or uncoordinated headbutt in sight. Fifty three years of...

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