Either that or I was looking in all the wrong places, which given my knowledge of blogging at the time was entirely possible.
Let me share with you my collection of Australian teachers with blogs. Some are new kids on the block - others have been around the block a few times - all are wonderful.
1. Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
“No play, No learning - Know play, Know learning”
I did a little happy dance the day I discovered Melbourne teachers Sherry and Donna and their amazing blog and they have been inspiring and motivating me ever since with their creative and irresistible play based learning ideas for children in the early years.
Sherry and Donna are also wonderfully generous in their support of other bloggers - they have been my cheerleaders since we discovered each other, something for which I am continually grateful.
2. Childhood 101
"A great childhood is about simple fun, play and learning with the people that you love."Not long afterwards I stumbled upon Christie - early Childhood Teacher, writer, consultant and mother to a preschooler. Apart from sharing fabulous tips and ideas that you can do with young children, Christie's knowledge of early childhood education and belief in playful learning comes shining through in her writing.
"Childhood – as a unique and precious time during which lifelong foundations are laid."
Christie led me to Cath - mother, teacher, writer and like me - an outdoor play advocate.
4. Flights of Whimsy
"Children come to us equipped with many strengths, competencies and capabilities. There seems to be no limits to their imagination, creativity, curiosity and inquiry."Karen is an early childhood teacher who shares her experiences in a Melbourne Preschool. A woman after my own heart, Karen has been blogging lately about the makeover in their outdoor learning environment.
5. Designing Early Childhood Australia
"Planning, Reflection, Collaboration, Provocation, Environment, Discovery."Paulette is an early childhood teacher from Melbourne who blogs to reflect on her own practice, and to share information and resources.
6. Early Childhood Resources
Carly is studying for her degree in Early Childhood Education, and blogs to share ideas, information and resources with other teachers and parents.
7. Everyday Play
Belinda is a preschool teacher and freelance writer and her blog is a place to:
"..record all of the wonderful play experiences my own children engage in at home. When I'm writing about them, I try to include all the details about why this play experience is particularly good for development because I find that most play-based, fun, open-ended play activities are."8. Tales from the Sandpit
Louise is an early childhood teacher who blogs about the daily happenings at her preschool."Where childhood is a journey, not a race."
9. Nurturing Forests
Wendy is a teacher who writes about her experiences in early childhood education, and believes that:
"...raising children is not a isolated activity but takes a whole community. As early childhood professionals, we are actively involved in this process but we also need to work closely with the children, parents, community as a whole and other allied professionals."10. Picklebums
Before having her brood, Kate was an early childhood educator with a special interest in child led, play based emergent curriculum.
11. Literacy, families and learning
Trevor is Master of New College and Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and writes to provide practical and sound support and advice for parents, teachers and teachers in training. Trevor clearly knows his stuff but rather than coming across all preachy his writing is accessible to both teachers and parents alike.
12. Science at Home
Deb holds a Master of Education and her blog is an excellent source for science experiences for babies, toddlers and children.
13. The Book Chook
Susan is a writer, editor, teacher and reviewer with a passion for helping kids to read, write and create. She loves to find and share useful educational resources with parents, teachers and librarians.
Kate's blog celebrates the role of play in childhood and promotes progressive play-based learning based on three well-respected childhood learning approaches, Montessori Method, Reggio Emilia approach and Steiner's Waldorf Education.
Kate is also founder of TEN: The Education Network a supportive community for parents and teachers dedicated to progressive early childhood education and enrichment.
Do you know of an Australian teacher who blogs? Are you one yourself?
Please leave a link in the comments so we can all check them out.