Aesthetic and Efferent Reading

During my reading for my PhD, I discovered a concept from the 1970s and 1980s that divides all reading into two categories: Aesthetic reading and efferent reading. This concept was put forth by Louise Rosenblatt (1904 – 2005) and has since been supported by the work of many researchers, including Beumer Johnson (2011), Krashen (2020),…

2022 Intentions

My long-time readers will know that I’ve developed a bit of a habit in reflecting on the year that’s been and writing my intentions for the year ahead down. I’m a little late to the party this year as it’s the last day of January and I’m only just getting around to this… Oops! Better…

Wrapping up my teaching career

It’s usually about this time of year when I start to write my “Year in Review” posts. This year’s is a little different though as I’m moving on to different things. On the 13th of December, I will be started at Charles Sturt University as a Lecturer in Teacher Librarianship. This is a massive change…

Diversity matters

For a long time I have been tossing up whether or not to write about the importance of reading diverse stories. I’m taking the leap because this is something that I am very passionate about and I think needs discussing. I will contain my focus for this post specifically on books and stories. Without getting…

2020 Goals

It’s that time again! Last year I wrote about resolutions/goals, and I’ve got to say, it set me up beautifully for the year. I made it to the end of the year feeling more like myself, having read 52 books, and with a brand new masters under my belt. I achieved a lot, and setting…

Remembering 2019

It seemed like a good idea back in 2017 to keep track of all that I achieved during the year. However, as the years continue to get busier and busier, I’m starting to think that I need to draft this post at the beginning of the year and just add to it as I go……

The Belles – Clayton

The Belles was rather popular on Instagram earlier this year; I suspect this was because of the beautiful cover. Due to its popularity, I was intrigued enough to give it a go and I’m really glad I did. Since then I have recommended it to a few students in year 9 and they too, have…

Instagram Algorithm Troubles

I am pretty active on Instagram. I share: What I’m reading and loving My training progress The animals in my life My thoughts on mental wellbeing And so much more… It’s not my goal to grow my profile into the 10s of thousands of followers, but I do take a small amount of pride in…

I sing because I’m happy

At the end of my blog post “Mental Health Reflection” I promised a follow up about the benefits of singing for depression. Well, here it is! My psychologist suggested to me that as I have a background in singing, that I might like to start singing once a day for at least 20mins. She didn’t…

Fuzzy Mud – Sachar

When I first started at Mount Alvernia College in 2016, I was asked to take over the Readers Cup team. One of the books that year was Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. Since reading it, I have recommended it to countless students and it is rarely on our shelves. I thought it was about time…