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NAPLAN Results and the Role of the School Library and Teacher Librarian

By Megan Daley | Aug 4, 2016
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I don’t agree with standardized testing such as NAPLAN, but at this point there is no avoiding it, so I will at least use the data to shine a light on an issue I am passionate about – the role of the teacher librarian. Literacy rates are flatlining, and in…

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Eight Years Old and A Book Update

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2016
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PudStar is eight. I find this hard to comprehend. Everyone used to tell me, ‘it will go so fast’ as I struggled my way through newborn sleeplessness and toddler tantrums. I would smile and think ‘well it’s going awfully darn slowly just at the moment’. And yet here we are – with…

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‘The Fairy Dancers’ Book Birthday Party

By Megan Daley | Apr 5, 2016
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As you may have gathered, I’m rather a fan of book themed parties. Seriously what’s not to love? Aside from the obvious joy of seeing a book come to life, the theming is all done for you thanks to the text and illustrations: invites; food; decorations; games; quizzes and dress ups.…

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‘Fairy Dancers’ Bedroom

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2016

It would be fair to say that for ChickPea and PudStar, one of their favourite books of the past year would be ‘The Fairy Dancers’ by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini – my interview with author Natalie Jane Prior is here. Neither of my girls even do ballet, but…

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A Library…Because #playmatters

By Megan Daley | Nov 17, 2015
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My first degree was in Early Childhood Education and it was in this degree that I first fully understood the importance of play. The theory was all learnt at university (thank you QUT Early Childhood department) and as a beginning teacher I saw the theory in action in early childhood…

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Slow Communication Station

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2015
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Our Junior School Library has a makerspace zone, and we incorporate high tech and low tech makerspace ideas into our library planning and teaching – you can read more about this here and here. I have evolved into the more low tech side of the operation (such upcylcing, managing the Earth…

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PudStar’s Show and Tell

By Megan Daley | Aug 26, 2015
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PudStar’s Show and Tell Good afternoon Two Gold. My name is PudStar on the internet. We call me that on the internet becuase it is not good to put to much information on the internet. This week for Show and Tell we had to share a website for children. Mummy…

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Slow Communication: Snail Mail

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2015
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Slow Communication: Snail Mail I am an out and out social media lover and my phone bings and dings at me day and night with emails from five different accounts. It would be fair to say that I have embraced technology, and my palms sweat at the thought of not…

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Story Charms

By Megan Daley | Jul 15, 2015
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I’ve spoken a fair bit on here about a local online store I adore, Oh My Giddy Aunt – none of the talk sponsored, I’m just a long time customer. Over the years I’ve had many a gift purchased for me through them – starting 10 years ago with a harmony…

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Writing and Creating Space

By Megan Daley | Jul 3, 2015
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(a post in which I rave about a desk – oh yes I do) Both my children are ‘creators’ – of mess mostly, but also of art, stories, Lego cities and…mess. They begged for the longest time to share a bedroom, which is lovely (until the gouging out of eyes…

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