Background Images – Center 33%

So for as long as I can remember, I’ve been using “background-position: center center” to center the background images that are stretched to cover the full background. These images will often be cropped, as they don’t always fit the set size. But lately, I’ve been noticing that this doesn’t always work out for the best. […]

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D.I.Y Disc Sander

In the past, I have written these kinds of projects up in a how to. Others make a YouTube video to show how they made it. However, by the time I thought about it, I’d already mostly finished it, and the moment to take “how-to” photos was gone. So here are the (mostly) finished product […]

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Teaching 1-to-1 Devices

In 2014, our school purchased 10 Chromebooks that quickly became a fantastic resource in my classroom. With some of our ‘difficult-to-teach’ pupils suddenly engaged, motivated, and inspired by these, it became clear that the next step was only moments away. In 2015, my Year 3-4 class is going digital. Not in a matrix kind of […]

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Dead to Me

“You’re dead to me.” A saying we use to dismiss someone when you’re annoyed, angry or pissed at someone at a level that you never want to see them again. The hardest thing is having to say this about someone who you like, someone who means something to you, someone who you still consider a […]

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Guitar Body Sizes

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been looking into building my first solid body electric guitar. If it’s one thing I’ve learned, preparation is the key. Now I am at the stage where I’m looking to purchase some native timbers in order to make some guitars with a New Zealand flavour and quality. […]

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Spicy Sauce: Thai Riffic

Thai Riffic is the second sauce I tried from my World Traveller Hot Sauce pack. It is potentially the lamest named sauce from the pack. If I’m honest, I didn’t enjoy this spicy sauce, purely because of the smell. It’s your typical rice vinegar and chilli smell, mixed in with a wet humid tang of a […]

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The PaCT Tool

There has been many thoughts around the PaCT tool and it’s use or non-use by New Zealand schools. New Zealand Educational Institute (union for primary teachers, NZEI) has warned against it, but they are bound to do so given the current political climate and their educational policies. However, what I don’t understand is that we (teachers, […]

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