Two weeks into Term 1 of 2019’s school term year, I officially “separated from the NSW Department of Education”. Despite keeping tabs on the doings of my teacher-librarian colleagues, I haven’t felt a burning desire to do any casual teaching or library work. Instead, have renewed my writing efforts on some fiction manuscripts and started making preparations for a future career(?) as a massage therapist. Recent changes in courses and career paths (to formalise which courses’ graduates can access health fund rebates for their clients) saw me gravitate towards a Diploma of Remedial Massage rather than a Certificate 4 course. Endeavour College in the Sydney CBD offered my best option and I have just completed my first ten weeks of study. Some days, it hardly feels like studying: ie. give a massage, receive a massage, break for lunch, repeat. Now that‘s the way to study.
First homework involved removing a ring that has been stuck on my finger for about ten years…
All of which led to a firm resolve to lose some weight. This was a momentous landmark.
A few weeks into the course, the other students and I spent a day volunteering at the City2Surf marathon, massaging doctors and nurses who have their annual post-race gathering on the roof of Bondi Surf Club. (Talk about being “thrown into the deep end”.)
We are expected to do at least two practice massages per week to consolidate our skills. When human volunteer crash test dummies aren’t available for practice sessions, there are always other stand-ins…
Finding my way around the college LMS (learning management system) has made the last ten weeks relatively easy. Certainly a different way of submitting assignments since my last full-time course in 1990. Now I can take a three-week breather before the next term commences…
Meanwhile, I am back to writing Draft #2 of a Young Adult novel manuscript. No rest for the wicked, even a retired teacher-librarian.
This lesson is to build field knowledge for a Guided Inquiry unit. Brief Youtube clips, supporting the Stage 3 science unit of “Made environments – Information”, will be discussed and consolidated after considering the students’ responses on a “Plus, minus, interesting” matrix, to encourage/develop note-taking skills.
Morse Code Alphabet – By G4JNN
W48 rotary phone overview and ring
Voice quality – iPhone 5 vs antique rotary phone
The making of information age: Enfield Telephone Exchange