About

I am an experienced and passionate educator. I teach. I write. I create.

I have spent almost all my life thinking and learning about thinking and learning.

I have been involved in many educational roles, both in and out of formal schooling situations, always combining my love of teaching and writing by creating original materials to support children’s learning.

Now as I step away from the classroom again, I embark upon my latest iteration: sharing my thoughts about education by challenging what exists while asking what could be; and inviting early childhood educators to support children’s learning through use of my original teaching materials which are now available on my website www.readilearn.com.au

I look forward to our conversations.

Best wishes,

Norah

 

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  3. ksbeth

    so nice to meet you, norah. thanks for following my blog. i love the look of your blog and look forward to following and learning from you. as an early childhood educator, i am always learning from others and appreciate others’ experiences – best, beth

    p.s. i have a girl in my class this year who is named, norah )

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for following my blog too, Beth. I look forward to sharing many early childhood stories and ideas.
      I’m tickled you have a girl called Norah in your class this year. Just this week I heard of a little baby named Norah. It is such an old fashioned name, I have only ever known one or two other Norahs. I can’t imagine naming a child that. I used to tell my Mum I didn’t like it (which didn’t make her happy), but as an adult I came to like it because it was different from everyone else. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Daal, Thank you for thinking of me and for the nomination. I’ll give it some thought, but I really don’t think I can fit it into my schedule at the moment. Apologies.

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  4. jlfatgcs

    Glad I found your blog. As a fellow teacher, I feel the same passion in Early Childhood
    Education. I, too, love to write about the moments that happen in my classroom. Thank you for enjoying my blog, as well. -Jennie-

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  6. Bette A. Stevens

    I enjoyed getting to know you better, Norah. We do have a lot in common. Although I am now a retired teacher, I still love going into our local schools and library to read with the children and talk about books. It’s magical! Also, you blog header (children & butterflies) is delightful. Our little ones are indeed magical creatures too. How fortunate your students are to have you. 🙂

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you so much for your lovely words , Bette. You have reminded me that I need to update this page. I am no longer in the classroom but am still just as passionate about education as ever I was. I must put an edit on the top of my to do list. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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      1. Bette A. Stevens

        I find that I need to update annually (usually after the holidays) and sometimes it’s hard to get to all of the profiles and stat posts that need to be revised, being we’re out there in so many places. Better mark my end of December now for a heads-up after the holidays. How the year(s) flies by… 🙂

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  7. Norah Post author

    Thank you Antara. I have had a quick look at the (free) app and the demo videos. It does look interesting. I haven’t before reviewed a product on request, but am happy to to consider doing so. I would need to view the complete app so would appreciate it if you could supply a free copy please.

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  9. Rebecca Patajac

    Hello there,
    To help bring new faces past your wonderful work, especially after all of your 99 word Carrot Ranch pieces, I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award over here:
    http://loveliterarylife.com/2015/08/25/blogger-recognition-award/
    I hope it helps your audience grow.
    Please don’t feel pressured to follow through with Nominating others, we all have tight schedules, I understand. 🙂
    You’re an incredible person Norah, and I do hope I can help you after everything you’ve done for others.
    Keep writing!

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  10. noelleg44

    I think there were days when I would have liked to swap teaching first year medical students for teaching first graders. It would be nice to start over, but I’m not sure where I got all that energy!

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    1. Norah Post author

      I think every day would be more fun teaching first graders than first year medical students! 🙂 But that’s just me. I’m sure that both roles require a lot of energy, and that both sets of students are very needy! 🙂

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  11. julespaige

    Teaching is a wonderful thing. We all learn new things everyday, if we are lucky we might even learn two new things 😉

    I am foremost a poet – I keep two; a short and long verse sites, separate from my fiction blog. But I think your Level One students could enjoy poetry with this form found on my friends’ site:
    https://simplyelfje.wordpress.com/
    It is a simple Dutch form that was invented just for the purposed of teaching children poetry.

    My friend and I have taken the form and transformed it for adults by making series, acrostic versions, reversing the form and combining it with other short forms to tell our poetic stories.

    All the best, Jules

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for introducing me to the Elfie. It is a wonderful poetic form. It reminds me a little of another I have used for teaching children to write poetry. It appears to be such a simple form, but a lot of meaning can be packed into a tiny verse. I am interested in the ways that you and your friend have taken it and transformed it for writing adult poetry. That’s creativity in motion! Poetic! 🙂
      Thanks for sharing.

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  13. roweeee

    I like what you say about being a learner rather that an expert. I often wonder whether the moment we consider ourselves an expert, we stop growing? Am looking forward to reading more of your posts xx Rowena

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  15. Anjali

    Lovely to ‘meet’ you Norah! We often RT each other on #Mondayblogs 🙂 I too have had the avatar of a teacher in my life – as a primary, secondary and university level. And though I have moved on to other areas (I volunteered in the charity sector and now work there helping the disenfranchised) I think it was a very rewarding experience – I learnt more than I taught and I am very grateful for that!.

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  16. Marigold

    Wow, fellow Brisbanite, and you’re a teacher! I’m starting a postgrad in education at ACU this year so I can teach high school science. Not quite the same as grade 1, but I hope I enjoy it as much as you!

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    1. Norah Post author

      It’s great to connect with someone local. I wish you all the best with your studies. There is definitely a need for good science teaching, whether in year one or high school! What science is your specialty?

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      1. Marigold

        Hey Norah. I’m a geologist. Not the most applicable for teaching, so I’m going to train as a biology teacher since I need two teaching areas: which will be biology and middle school science. Thanks for the well wishes 🙂

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  17. woodbeez48

    Hi, Norah and thanks for following my blog. Have been reading yours with interest for a while now. We should have done this sooner!

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  19. Charli Mills

    How wonderful that you discovered so early that you are a life-long learner. One could argue that you began your career in 5th-grade. I’ve had teachers like you who pulled out the best in me when I didn’t know it was there. Even today, I think back on how significant of an impact such teachers had.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Charli,
      Thank you for your wonderful supportive comments. How fortunate you are to have teachers who helped you find more in yourself than you realised was there. I think that is a trait of a genuine educator – one who ‘draws out’ rather than fills (I’d like to say ‘stuffs up’).
      Thanks for visiting!

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  20. Karen

    Hi Norah,

    just visited your awesome blog for the first time – I will be back. 🙂
    Thank you very much for following my blog mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com – and for following me on Twitter (already following you back).

    Have a great day,
    Karen

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    1. Norah Post author

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you for visiting and following, as I have done for you also. Found your blog through Drew Chial and his 10 statements. You have lots of interesting things to follow on your blog also.
      Best wishes,
      Norah

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