Third cultural space

Flag_map_of_Australia_(Aboriginal_Australian_Flag)What is the third cultural space?

It is a learning space where the Aboriginal ways of knowing interconnects with the Western ways of knowing. It aims to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and perspectives within schools to change ways of thinking and build reconciliation for the future.

Teachers and students alike hold their own personal views which include individual beliefs, values and cultural understandings. As teachers, the third cultural space is important for students to learn about because it related to our past and future. Our Australian history is unique and building respect for each other is vital to understand different view points.

By incorporating the 8 Aboriginal ways of learning in the class then there may form a change in cultural thinking. Thus, this third cultural space can begin to develop.

(Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspective in Schools. Retrieved from

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Innovating for the heart

This is a beautiful and insightful blog by Melite.
Educate the mind and the heart with COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE and TOLERANCE.

Petroula Karagianni

A recent tweet by GOOD put a very interesting idea out there: “Why Every School Needs an ‘Innovation Day”, which I believe should go further and towards having an innovation session/slam, every week, in every school, so that the practice becomes a habit.  7 years ago with my team in The Netherlands we used to have weekly “That’s my Theory” sessions, which were of the most impact full and interesting sessions I have participated in. The issue with innovation is this: if you ask a room of people “who of you considers him/herself innovative?” then, my theory is, that only a few people will raise their arms. Whereas, if you ask “Which one of you has a theory or an idea of how things could be done differently?” then, I am sure the result will be different; many arms in the air and many nodding heads. Now, I understand…

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Salmon stages


This is an image of Salmon’s stages of learning. Looking at this, I feel on a technological sense I have reached stage 3, but on a communicative sense maybe not as much. In general, I am a quiet person so I don’t have much to say online. Although, I have tried to communicate as often as I can. It isn’t because I don’t know how it’s just my nature I guess. I think I might progress through these stages once I become more familiar with all the online websites and social sites.

(Oxford Brookes University, 2012. Gilly Salmon’s five stages of online learning [Image]. Retrieved from



As a blogger, it is my role to post entries that suit my interest. I can choose how I post them – text, video, photos etc., what my blog looks like, what my readers can see, and how frequent I want to post. It is a personal decision as to how I want to set up my blog and what comments I would like to be viewed by others.
Not forgetting that as a blogger another role is to make my blog interesting, engaging and educational so that my visitors want to come back and read more.

A visitor’s role in blogs involves viewing entries by the author/s and deciding whether or not it is of personal interest as to whether to continue reading. As a visitor you can read all the posts, a little bit or none at all. If you have a response to a post it is nice to reply with a comment, give criticism, and provide ideas or personal insight on the topic.

(MisterEddie, 2008. Monkey [Image]. Retrieved from