“While we try to teach our children all about life,

our children teach us what life is all about.”


Courtney and Bernadette

Courtney and Bernadette

My name is Bernadette Purtell and I am a 39 year old Uni student studying for a Bachelor of Education – Primary.  I am married with three beautiful children a girl aged 12 going on 16, a boy aged 11 and a boy aged 7.  I have absolutely loved and appreciated my time at uni but I must admit I am happy that it is coming to an end even though I will miss all of the beautiful people I have met there.  I have a big extended family and love all of my nieces and nephews to bits and it strikes me as funny that I am at uni with students the same age as the majority of them.  Who would have thought that at my age I would get to come to uni and have this amazing chance and experience!  I have gained so much in my time at University and through my practicums and cannot wait to put everything I have learnt into practice.   I know I will probably change everything a million times on this site before I am remotely happy with it but look forward to the challenges.

Educational Philosophy


  1. Hi Bernie, as you said you’ll probably change things a million times before you are remotely happy with it – thats one of the positve things I have found when using technology such as this. To begin with I was very hesitant but soon (with help) have realised that even if you arent happy with something its usually a simple matter of going back in and making changes. This is a fantastic option for use within the classroom – how many times do children get to the stage of nearly completion of their work and they ask can they begin again. Using technology such as this enables students (and anyone for that matter) the abiltiy to constantly revise and update thier work so they remain happy with what they have created.

  2. Hi Karen,
    and yes I have already changed things a million times! I am already sick of seeing this theme and want to change it lol. I agree with your comments about students in the classroom wanting to change their work. I really hate to admit this but when I first started full time work (at the age of 15 and nine months!) we actually still used electronic typewriters! So many times I had to either white out a typo or throw the whole sheet out. I don’t know if the students realise how lucky they are that they have this technology. I know I would have loved it when I was younger!
    Cheers for the comment :)

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