PERSONAL POST: Grammar and Spelling Pains!

Hi fellow Writing and Education Enthusiasts!

Am I the only one who sometimes obsesses over personal correct grammar and spelling?

I cannot explain the pain, when you post a piece that you are proud of, but neglect to identify an error before posting! Yes, this has just happened to me, with my previous POETRY post called Running Out of Time! A whole day it spent lingering in cyberspace, with the title spelt Running Our of Time! Apologies to those who were left to suspect I have no eye for correct spelling.

On a different note, I taught my first lesson on this years Primary School Placement, and it went better than expected! Grades 5/6 students, as a whole-class Language, Literacy and Literature one hour lesson, all listening with attentive enthusiasm. I could not be happier! They reacted well to my introduction of what I expect behaviour wise, reached the lessons learning intentions, and absolutely loved my incorporation of drama!

I would love to hear your experiences, feel free to share.

Sincerely Jody

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POETRY: Running Out of Time!

Running Out of Time!

Tick, tock,

Tick, tock,

There is someone inside,

Where do I hide?

 

Tick, tock,

Tick, tock,

They might have a knife,

My life is in strife!

 

Click, Plock,

Click, Plock,

I can hear searching hands,

Do I have a chance?

 

Click, plock,

Click, plock,

I hide under the draw,

On the vibrating floor.

 

Swish, swosh,

Swish, swosh,

They knocked over a glass,

And now they’ve walked past…

 

Giggle, gasp,

Giggle, gasp,

It is just dad,

Whoops!

 

Sincerely Jody

~ What reaction did this poem give you?

POETRY: The Rhythm of Life

The Rhythm of Life

Attention, attention,

Always fighting for attention,

Sharing our progression,

Seeking out direction.

 

Direction, direction,

Always searching for direction,

Where to seek connection?

Is a common question.

 

Question, question,

We always seem to question,

Listening to suggestion,

Seeking out perfection.

 

Perfection, perfection,

Why must we be perfection?

Consuming our attention,

Making up discussion.

 

Discussion, discussion,

Life’s often about discussion,

Always discuss your children,

Give them your attention.

 

Attention, attention,

Always fighting for attention,

Sharing our progression,

Seeking out direction.

 

By Jody Dontje

MUSIC: Escapism

A very grateful hello to my followers and potential followers,

Music. The sweet pure sound of rhythmic beats and alterations in volume and pitch. Who else loves this amazing creation? An avenue of escape, that takes us away to a whole new world. There are songs that explain exactly how we feel, songs that describe an exact moment that we have lived through, and songs that simply set our minds into a happy place of escape from a busy lifestyle.

I am currently pushing through the last of my major assignments for the year, before starting my placement at a Primary School, in only 61 hours! But, who’s counting? As the pressure of University study, as well as, work and volunteer commitments rise, I have a growing gratitude for the escapist creation, that is music.

Lets all take a few seconds to appreciate a world full of music,

Sincerely Jody

“So you want to hear a story? Well, I used to know a whole lot of pretty interesting ones. Some of them so funny you’d laugh yourself unconscious, others so terrible you’d never want to repeat them. But I can’t remember any of those. So I’ll just tell you about the time I found that lost thing….”
― Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘picturebook’? Do you think of children? Often this is the case. However, Shaun Tan is one of many contemporary famous authors who demonstrate the ability to crush this preconception.

Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing, is a picturebook that was written with no audience age in mind. Everyone and anyone can gain something from picking up and looking at this inspirational creation. Perhaps, you are reading my post right now and thinking ‘I am just too busy to sit around reading picturebooks!’ If this is what you are thinking, you are the person I advise read The Lost Thing the most.

Food for thought.

“So you want to…