What happened after my TED Talk? I quit my job, wrote a book, grew my organization, and promoted a US postage stamp in Times Square

🙂 Anyone want a love letter?

TED Blog

Hannah Brencher carried a USPS mail crate with her when she spoke at TED@NYC. Photo: Ryan Lash Hannah Brencher carried a USPS mail crate with her when she spoke at TED@NYC. Photo: Ryan Lash

Hannah Brencher strolled onstage to give her TED Talk, “Love letters to strangers,” with a US Postal Service mail crate propped on her hip. And that mail crate full of letters turned out to be a metaphor for what happened next — a box of surprises and possibilities.

Onstage at Joe’s Pub in June 2012, Brencher told her story of writing love letters to strangers — yes, in her own handwriting — and leaving them on café tables, tucking them in books at the library, and sending them to anyone on the internet who asked. The project, which she began as a way to fight her post-college depression, took on its own life, so Brencher set up the website More Love Letters to help the letter-writing project expand to anyone who…

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Lessons about Lessons

Currently in the midst of my holidays, I have been letting my mind and ambitions sleep. No lesson plans, no studying… just relaxing (and recovering from a cold 😦 )

But alas, sweet moments like these need to come to an end – especially in the field of teaching 😦

So after 4 days of doing absolutely nothing (and loving it), I decided to wake myself up and get BUSY. Lesson plans, assessments and lessons plans.. that’s pretty much my life for the next term. Sad? A little… but mostly excited at the thought of FINALLY teaching.

With that said, I have been preparing myself for the term ahead. Surrounding myself with programs and resources. But one thing that I’m glad to have around me are the notes that I wrote during winter school – specifically the notes I wrote for lecture ‘The Caring Teacher’ by Wendy Moran.

Besides her invaluable study of what makes a caring teacher and its obvious benefits inside and outside of the classroom, there was one set of ‘steps’ that are currently integral to the development of my lesson planning.

Disclaimer: The ‘steps’ should not be used per lesson but rather a holistic guide for a series of learning experiences.

1. What do I want the students to learn? (2-3 points MAX)

2. How do I want them to learn it?

3. What are they going to do to show me they have learned it? (assessment)

4. How well do I expect them to do it (assessment criteria)

It’s important to note that not every lesson will be engaging but you shouldn’t be discouraged to at least TRY and make every lesson as engaging as possible.

Happy planning and welcome back to work everyone!

Living and Loving as an Introvert

Food for silent thought 🙂


good advice

*stands up*

*shuffles nervously*

*clears throat*

Hello. My name’s Ruth and I am an introvert.

Would you believe that it has taken me 31 years to say that?

Most of those years have been taken up with saying other things. No, I’m not anti-social. No, I’m not shy. No, it’s not that I hate people, or that I hate you, or that I’m a badly brought up Awkward Annie.

I’m just an introvert.

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How intuitive is teaching?

Things I’ve learned in Winter school thus far…

1. Be engaging, for the sake of yourself and the students

2. You’re going to stuff up. A lot. Forever.

3. It’s okay that you are going to stuff up. Keep going

4. Figure out what kind of teacher you want to be

5. Always learning. Never have a stagnant mind.

6. Build amazing connections in the work force and the wider web.


Now, I can talk about these points in ridiculous details but for the sake of my fingers, I wont.  Each speaker had something super important to tell us future educators. All the mini stories, analogies, warnings and advice seem so trivial yet monumental to the educator they are now. I’m honestly terrified. SO many things can and will happen. I’m on a roller coaster ride of professional change. How do you keep up?! I could barely keep up with writing notes during their lectures…

As much as I want to prepare myself for these eventual moments in my teaching career, I couldn’t help but think…

“The only way I will know what to do in these situations is to actually EXPERIENCE them. No amount of notes or readings will prepare me”

So for the current teachers out there, inexperience to the very experienced

Is teaching intuitive? Do you know what to do because your ‘gut’ says so?

It intrigues me how ‘easy’ teachers make it seem but behind it is a list of ‘what could go wrong’ based on their decisions and actions. I would like to think that everything teachers do is for the good of the student so with that in mind, are our innate thoughts the one we should go with?



The 1st step


Look’s pretty comfy right? (It is! Especially since winter is here)

But I am far from relaxed. 

My mind has been going a mile a minute for the past couple of weeks. It’s both an amazing thing but an extremely tiring thing. 

Before I continue, I should probably introduce a little bit of background information to help contextualize my future posts ad the purpose of this blog.

Currently I am studying ‘Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)’ at ACU and is in the middle of my final units of this degree.



With just finishing one of my winter school units ‘Transitioning into the Profession’ I have come to realised that this profession I have chosen is more than just a job, career or prospect. 


It is a life vocation


Being a teacher is so much more than I’ve anticipated. More than most people realise. I wish I was given this information earlier on so I could dwell on it more but I guess I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much in my earlier years…

Anyway, to keep myself sane and continually reflective I’ve decided to keep a blog to document all the little/big wins and failures on my journey to be the teacher I want to be. I would also like to reach out to other bloggers/educators/artists and other people that are sharing the same journey. I know I’m not alone in this and I would love to hear your side of your story. So if you are reading this for whatever reason, let me know you’re there!