Training a dog

Training a dog takes hours of patience, lots of attention and using up 50, 000, 000 (exaggeration) bags of treats. I agree, it is a very tricky task. But if you stick to it and keep going, then you’ll get through it and all your friends will be totally jealous of you and your 5 star quality pup.


1. Get a yummy bag of treats you pet likes.

2. Find a spacious area to train your pet.

3. Start by calming it down and getting it to be still and settled.

4. Hold the treat in a position so that your pet is looking up at you.

5. Force its bottom to make it sitting down while chanting sit.

6. Repeat with and without treats until pet gets it.





by Olivia, proudly and animal lover!



Habits of Mind

My teacher is a very lovely lady. She is very knowledgeable and, if you would, acquainted with the brilliant invention of Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick. If you are not familiar with the 16 Habits of Mind, then I shall explain through the presence of these tips and documents.

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1. Persisting

Have students identify characteristics of persistence shown by individuals in well-known events, or imagine what might have occurred if more or less persistence was shown in a given scenario.

2. Managing Impulsivity

Model the use of patience in the classroom, including wait time during discussion, or using helpful sentence stems that reflect intentional choice (such as “After reviewing all of the possible solutions . . . “).

3. Listening to Others with Understanding and Empathy

Identify the most common “listening set-asides” in conversation so that students can begin to recognize common “errors” that occur in everyday communication. These errors might include comparing, judging, placating or giving advice instead of really listening and understanding a message.

4. Thinking Flexibly

Use RAFT assignments (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) where students must consider a situation, letter, speech or poem from a perspective other than their own, or that of the original speakers.

5. Thinking About Our Thinking (Metacognition)

Ask students to map out their own thinking process. This can be done simply at first, e.g., diagramming the relationship between a want and a need, a gesture and a need to gesture. Then make it increasingly complex — mappingout how characters from books or thinkers in history might have arrived atcertain starting or stopping points in thought.

6. Striving for Accuracy and Precision

Use “three before me,” a strategy that insists on any important assignment being checked by at least three other people before being handed in.

7. Questioning and Posing Problems

Create a “parking lot” area in the classroom — stocked with post-it notes — where students can post questions that may not fit into the pace or format of a given class. Then highlight the better questions periodically, or use them as jumping off points for discussion or even lesson planning.

8. Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Use question stems like “What do you remember about . . . ?”, “When have you ever seen anything like this?” or “Tell me what you know about . . . ” Whether you consider this activating schema, prior knowledge, or simply getting students more comfortable and in tune with what they already know, it can be a huge boost to the learning process.

9. Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision

Remind students to avoid the vagueness and abstraction — and imprecision — of terms like always, never, all, everybody, teachers, celebrities, technology, they, we, should and must. Post these kinds of words or phrases where students can be reminded of them — and know to avoid them. And hopefully know why they should avoid them.

10. Gathering Data Through All Senses

Playfully allow students to “cite” sources from sensory data in addition to traditional textual sources. Also consider including the compelling use of such data in a rubric for formal assessment.

11. Creating, Imagining and Innovating

Offer persistent sources of inspiring thought, design, art or multimedia through writing prompts, discussion points or simply as a daily class closure. This models not only creativity, but also expertise, and is readily available on YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

12. Responding with Wonderment and Awe

Don’t just allow opportunities for student choice in topics, formats or learning pathways — insist on it. Refuse to move the class forward until they are bringing their own passions into the learning experience.

13. Taking Responsible Risks

Create an environment where failure is analyzed, not punished.

14. Finding Humor

Point out humor where it is not immediately apparent, especially in stories and examples from your own life. This can help establish the “relativity” of “things,” which supports more accurate analysis. Humor makes everything better.

15. Thinking Interdependently

Using digital and social media imposes at least a topical need for interdependence from the beginning. The more thinking is published and shared, the more opportunity there will be for cognitive interdependence, though even opportunities aren’t guarantees that it will happen.

16. Learning Continuously

Intermittently revisit old ideas, writing and projects to identify areas for development, improvement or revision. This is especially natural in digital domains, where content is more fluid — updated, shared, hyperlinked, curated, reformatted into more or less visual terms, then shared again.

I know that these are just the tip of the iceberg and that there are many approaches one can take. Which of these Habits of Mind need the most support for your students? How do you integrate these habits into your classroom?

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I have fairly well acquainted myself with a particular 2 of these Habits of Mind. I have authored 2 documents on each of these 3 HOMs (Habits Of Mind) which I shall share with you in the below section.

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Listening with Understanding and Empathy



‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about listening with your heart, as well as with your ears. If you would like to have strong relationships and be a good friend, then here are some tips for you.


‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about hearing what someone has to say, caring about what they say and offering them kind words, a warm smile and a loving heart. ‘Listening with Understanding and Empathy’ is about being genuinely concerned for the person who is sharing with you. It means taking time to be supportive and finding ways to help your friend. Being able to do this will help your friendships. Friends love encouraging faces when they are talking to you. Even teachers sometimes need someone to listen to them, when they are having a difficult day or if something has happened to them and they are feeling sad.


Everyone needs someone to listen with understanding and empathy sometimes.



If someone needs you to listen to them with understanding and empathy, don’t stare into space or gasp at a chipped fingernail!  Stop what you are doing, hear what is being said and listen with your heart!\

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What is it?

Persisting is what keeps you going with life. It means never giving up, just keep going. Persistence is firmly continuing to complete or carry out a duty without leaving that activity neglected.


1. Mum says, “You must persist with your homework!”

You say “I have no idea what BG + A4 equals, but all the same, I’ll keep persisting!”

2. Yes, I am about fall off a cliff, but I’m going to persist with holding onto the edge anyway!”

Helpful Areas:

Persisting is not only a very important thing to do to become a humble and trustworthy person, but it can help you with everyday life, especially when you are experiencing being in a team or group.

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What do you think? I believe that these documents gave you a fair understanding of Listening With Understanding and Empathy and Persisting? My teacher has introduced my class with each Habit of Mind but I decided  to share my knowledge with a mere 2 of them. 

If you have the privilege to come to know and use the 16 HOM then, as studies show, you will grow to become a successful person. All of them help you to understand life, life life and get through life more clearly and successfully. By using them, you can get through tricky and even life changing situations more easily than not knowing them. They help you to withhold the troubles of life and everything that is packed with that may hurt you. Habits of Mind are brilliant remedies that personally, I use all the time to calm myself down and help tricky dilemmas to pass by and go away.

I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson and will either continue or begin using the well established, well generated Habits of Mind.

by Olivia, proudly and animal lover!

Should Everyone Own A Pet?

At school, we also had to write a discussion. Where we think about both sides of the debate and address points for both sides. My paragraphs were a bit short, but have a read and let me know what you think.

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Currently, there is a discussion on whether people should or should not own a pet. Many believe it is unnecessary to own one but others consider it an advantage to own a pet. What do you think?
To begin with the positive side, animals are great companions. They are loyal and even understand how you feel! It is a proven fact that dogs even get separation anxiety! Animals are especially loyal to older people and only children. They can be a great comfort to humans if they are feeling lonely or upset. If Mum gets home angry and distressed, your pet can calm her down. Animals are definitely a vital part of humans’ lives.
Others argue that animals can help disabled people with simple tasks such as eating, drinking, traveling places and just generally living life. Monkeys can be trained to aid quadriplegic casualties and dogs to blind people. If these innocent people did not have these helpful pets in their lives, they may become depressed from the lack of attention from nurses. After all, who has time to be sitting around doing nothing all day?
In addition to this argument, owning a pet introduces self-discipline and responsibility. Many children need to learn this skill because of laziness and lack of self-discipline. It teaches them to be responsible animal lovers which scoop up waste, wash and brush their pet, walk it and love it to bits. It has been proven that if you own an animal as a child, you will become a sensible adult.
On the other hand, many other people believe that if everyone owns a pet, there will be animal abuse and cruelty involved… Abusive adults and children may not be loving and sometimes very cruel to the animals which would kill them for unnecessary reasons.
Additionally, animals are expensive and time consuming. Food, water, toys and all other equipment cost hundreds, the pet itself can cost even more than that! If it is essential to own a pet, many people in developing countries may not be able to afford the pet let alone the equipment it needs to survive. They would be wasting money on something that dies in a flash.
Lastly, many people suffer from severe allergies and reactions to the saliva, fur or diseases the pet may carry. Unnecessary rashes would be continuously happening every day because of innocent pets. If people are allergic to pets, what is the point of being forced to buy one? It’s just a waste of money and medicine.

In conclusion, after considering both sides of this discussion, I believe that people should own a pet. The pet’s loyalty could teach the abusers to love, the owners could buy cheap equipment and can wash the pet frequently to kill off diseases.

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What do you think? Let me know what you think about my (low, medium, high) modality language (whether I have strong and persuasive language). And please, please, please comment about what you think I could improve on. I really love polite positive and negative feedback so that I can improve.

by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!

Person and pet – they understand each other. ♥

The Important Role of Zoos

For school, I had to write an exposition. Our topic was either The Important Role of Zoos or Zoos Should Be Banned. I chose The Important Role of Zoos. We planned on a piece of paper and typed up the final copy. It was quite fun! Enjoy reading it! P.S. We did it with no help from other students or our teacher.  

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It is obvious that countless Australian citizens understand the vital role of zoos in our country and world. Zoos play three major roles towards helping the needs of animals, entertaining eager tourists and even maintaining the existence of many species. My fellow Australian citizens would agree that we need zoos and this is why.
To begin with, zoos are needed to save wild animals in need of help. This is one point why we need them so much. Rescuers and veterinarians save poor babies who have lost either parent from road kill. Those babies need their mother’s milk. The zoos can have another female fostering it with little difficulty. But if we did not have zoos with other animals inside, there would be little chance for the baby. Besides, what would a normal person be able to do? Nothing. Also, the staff (such as zoologists) working for zoos can conduct research which definitely help eliminate diseases and immunise the animals, leading to a new, healthier breeds of animals.
Additionally, zoos are great entertainment for children and adults of all kinds. Business men and women who live in the city have no time to be travelling to Africa. Why not go to the zoo instead? It’s quick, easy and cheap and the kids certainly love it. Quite like this case, tourists who are sightseeing would definitely agree that it is quite impossible to see the endangered animals they are looking for in the wild. Therefore, when they visit the zoo, the animals they are looking for will definitely be there.
Lastly, veterinarians in zoos preserve species and maintain biodiversity. Biodiversity plays a vital role in sustaining our environment and keeping our ecosystems healthy. Rangers and zoologists every so often trade with other zoos around the world to maintain the biodiversity and keeping the world fresh. By doing this, we are preserving species and developing ‘back up’ in case something fatal happens to that type of animal. Without it, there would be thousands more extinct and endangered species in our world. Imagine, if a new disease pops up, threatening your favourite native animal that is already endangered to extinction, how would you feel? That is why Australian citizens agree with me that zoos are evidently important to us.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that zoos should definitely continue playing the vital role they play as an organisation in our world. They aid ill and needy animals by conducting research, severely rub in the important entertainment of tourists and locals and finally, they maintain biodiversity and save animal species for good causes. Zoos are majorly important in our community and world we need to support them.

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What do you think about this piece of writing? What is your opinion and what be your choice if you had to write an exposition on one of these topics? Let me know of your opinions and don’t feel shy to give me some helpful feedback to improve my writing!

by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!


Zoos are safe places for endangered species to recover and reproduce without danger disturbing them.


Puppy Lovers

Ever dreamed about knowing EVERYTHING about owning a dog? Ever been in a situation you cannot fix with your pet? Well then, you need some help.

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Visit: and Dr. Jon and his colleagues will answer all you troubled questions about pets. He is a highly ranked veterinarian who is caring and affectionate about animals. You can also subscribe to his weekly newsletters which are so helpful to all animal owners. Here is an example:


Hi smartdolphins,

Recently on we featured an article about how much sleep was too much for dogs. We received so many emails and questions about it that I thought I would today’s newsletter would offer an in-depth look at the sleep habits of our canine companions.

Our dogs are our family. They live with us, play with us, and sometimes even ACT like us, but does that mean that they sleep like us, too? This article about the sleeping behavior of dogs will make you an expert on your favorite pooch’s snoozes in no time! Go to: 

After you learn HOW your dog sleeps you might be ready to tackle one of the oldest debates in the book: Where should my dog sleep? This great article is full of information that can help you decide where your dog should catch their 40 winks:  

OK, back to the main question: does your dog sleep too much? Find out by reading this article: 

Sweet dreams!

Until next time,

Dr. Jon
P.S.: Many dog owners have witnessed their pets moving their feet and even “talking” in their sleep, but are they dreaming? Learn the answer to this and other questions in our article all about it! Go to:

See! How great are these? Fabulastic!

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Visit petplace, Dr Jon and fellow pros to meet your pet troubles.


by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!




Creative, colourful, cool, calm collage!

Today, I made a very… creative collage for homework! It is a collage with pictures of autumn. It includes common autumn animals, typical autumn trees and lots of other extremely colourful pictures. (I am pretty sure most of the images are not copyright, so if you see one that you know I am not allowed to use, please let me know!) I used a collage maker called Loupe Collage. It a bit like Tagxedo if you have ever heard of that except with pictures. If you want to make a collage with your own pictures and outline shape, go to Loupe! It is very fun and has great features free to all!



G’day folks!

How is your holiday? Are you having a good time? Well, I certainly am. Last week, I went to a writing course with Jacqueline Harvey and John Larkin. It was really great and I learnt a lot from them both.  Mr Larkin was a clown and Mrs Harvey had quite the stories to tell!

Also last week, I had the opportunity to go to a debating course for beginners at Pymble Ladies College and learnt a heap about the subject. (Plus, I learnt how to debate!) My coach, Sarah was very nice and had lots of patience with some people…

Today and Monday, I participated in a tennis camp at Abbotsleigh and won a couple of matches. It was really fun but Matt, our coach made us do 2 laps of the 4 courts. We also had to do the Spanish Drill, he tweaked it a bit too, so that made it harder.

This is probably the most exciting event I have done these holidays. My Mum’s friend’s son, Delmar Terblanche, was filming a proper movie for his HSC Drama section. I was chosen to be one of the children playing in the park in the background of the short film along with Delmar’s brother, Ladoo and my sister, Jess.

The story was about a blind man, a boy named Tom (Ladoo)  hits him in the back accidently with a ball and knocks him off while the blind man was painting. Tom’s Nana apologises  to Darren (the blind man) and they instantly become friends. Darren, Nana, Tom and his friends teach Darren how to play ball by calling to him before throwing directly to his open arms. Darren loves painting and loves talking to Nana while Tom and his friends play in the background, making lots of noise as if in a usual playground.

Soon after that, Nana falls ill. Darren visits her and keeps her company. But regardless to his efforts, Nana soon passes away. Obviously, Darren and Tom are terribly upset. 

I don’t know what happens next, because I was only in the park scene (the Nana falls ill bit was done at their house) but it sounds terribly sad. I suppose you can just imagine yourself what happens next…                                                                          Hopefully, Delmar gets a good mark for his video and for how organised his was (he had a script and diagram of the set out and everything!). Good luck Delmar!

Please let me now about your own holidays! It would be great to know all about them! (Plus, there is nothing wrong with just simply staying at home and chillin’!)

by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!


Being Cybersmart.

Being cyber smart is VERY important. It may just sound like a little bunch of rules hanging about in the air, but really, cyber safety is one of the “Must Know” s about owning or using a computer.

Here is a little link to a really funny video to teach you about cyber safety. 

(Copy and paste the link to the search bar.)

(This is another one, a quiz this time to test your knowledge of cyber safety.)

Do you now see why it is important? Just so that I can share this with people who may not have sound or much time, I will write down every detail of what is in the video. (First + second episode. Up to emailing golden rules)

Oh, SWEET! SWEET! Saturday, no school! Hahahaha, and a new computer! WOOHOO! And no one to disturb me!


NOOOO! It is my terrible snotty cousins! Chewing my broadband cable and typing rubbish on my new computer! 

“Here are your cousins, darling. You are going to take care of them while I am doing some work.” said mum.


“No buts.”

This is terrible! They are going to ruin everything! NOOO! Stop wrecking my keyboard! All right you NOOBS! Shall I explain why you need to stop wrecking the coolest thing in the world?

One of my cousins say, “Coolest thing in the world… huh whats so cool about this computer? 

I say, “It’s not just a computer, I also have… BROADBAND CONNECTION!

He says, “Eh, whats that?”

I say, “Aww! You silly NOOBS!…You guys don’t know anything. Alright, let me explain: 

Well, you know how the world just started off as a big stupid blue ball floating around in space with nothing much happening? Well, then, a really, really long time ago Jurassic Park came out with big dinosaurs walking around and they’re all having a really awsome time eating each other, which gave them really bad breath…

But then Jurassic Park 2 came out and that sucked big time and they all died. After that, it was basically like a big game of Civilisation.

Then a million years ago your grandparents were born and they only had one TV and Kylie was still on Neighbours… and then your parents were born and they didn’t relise how cool vinyl was, probably because they liked that stupid music, which is why mum had real funny hair back then (oh and dad still had his hair!)… and they played stupid games like, you know, Pacman, and Monkey Kong or something.

Well, finally, we got an internet connection but it was really, really slow and my sister was always complaining that she could not be on the phone… but now there is BROADBAND which is like a zillion times faster and doesn’t tie up the phone line. And so we can do all sorts of stuff which is better and quicker!

My cousin says, “Better and quicker, like what?”

I say, “Well let’s say that you wanted to enter a photo competition. After you’ve taken the picture you needed to develop it… stick it in an envelope, take it to a post box…wait for the mailman to collect it… perhaps it went on a plane and then a postman had to deliver it.”

But now we have the internet this can go much faster. You simply email the photo in digital format! It will be at its destination just a few seconds!

My other cousin says, “Coool!”

I say, “Yep, totally cool! But some people, once they know your email address… send you all sorts of stuff you don’t want. I the real world, it would be like this:


…online, its like this…


MAKE SOME $$$$$                                                                                                           HI, LOOK AT THIS RUDE PHOTO                                                                                                                               LOOK @ THIS!                                                                                                                       SAVE ON YOUR INSURANCE!                                                                                                                           FORWARD TO A RICH STRANGER. HELP ME AND I WILL GIVE U $$$!      CHEAPER MEDICINE!                                                                                                         A FUNNY GAME                                                                                                                 (ATTACHMENT) GAME.EXE

annoying, right! So it’s really important that you don’t give your email address to just anyone. remember these golden rules:

  • Never give out your email address to someone you don’t know.
  • Never open emails from people, organisations or businesses you don’t know about.
  • Email can contain all sorts of bad stuff, like hoaxes, and chain mail scams that try to get your money.
  • Compute viruses can be carried as attachments to email messages.
  • Inappropriate or illegal picture or movie files can be attached to an email message.


(Back to me) Remember all these things when surfing the net. There is way more in that episode and the general movies but I think that is more than enough for now.

I hope you enjoyed the video and come back to my blog for some more fun!

by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!









2013, School


G’day Animal Mania readers!

I am really sorry that I have not been in touch very often, in fact the last time I posted was last July! I am exited to start posting again and read all you nice folks’ comments.


First post for 2013

Even thought it is my 3rd week of school already, I would like to share with you a poem I wrote on my first day of Year 4 this year. I hope you enjoy it…

I'm anxious, feeling nauseous, think I'm gonna be sick,  
At the same time excited to see my friends, EEEKKK.
Far from it, I try to calm my self down. 
Can't help it! Ends up in a frown, 
I enter the gates with Mum holding tight,
Dad's off to work always is, day and night. 
Wonder who my teacher will be, Mrs G or Mrs F, whoever it is, hope they'll be good, hope she's not deaf...
Wondering along the path, my fingernails are raw, I see Chloe she gives me a huge squeeze!
Now I'm not so nervous, my friends have cheered me up, as they always do, 
I ended up saying CHEESE!


I think it is a tinsy bit weird but it’s alright. Hope you like it! See ya soon.

by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!

The Bird Story

This is a Christian story from a blog I know of. It is a great story and you would love it if you are a Christian and  would be very interested in it if you are not.


There once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a
small New England town. One morning he
came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird
cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised
and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to
speak…”I was walking through town yesterday when I
saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird
cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild
birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the
lad and asked, “What you got there, son?” “Just some
old birds,” came the reply.
“What are you gonna do with them?” I asked.
“Take ‘em home and have fun with ‘em,” he answered
“I’m gonna tease ‘em and pull out their feathers to
make ‘em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time” “But
you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What
will you do?”
“Oh, I got some cats,” said the little boy. “They like
birds. I’ll take ‘em to them.”
The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you
want for those birds, son?”
“Huh?? !!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister.
They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing.
They ain’t even pretty!”
“How much?” the pastor asked again.
The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and
said, “$10?”
The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten
dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a
flash, the boy was gone.
The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to
the end of the alley where there was a tree and a
grassy spot Setting the cage down, he opened the door,
and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds
out, setting them free.
Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the
pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.
One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.
Satan was gloating and boasting. “Yes, sir, I just caught
the world full of people down there. Set me a trap,
used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ‘em all!”
“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.
Satan replied, “Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna
teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to
hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and
curse. I’m gonna teach them how to invent guns and
bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”
“And what will you do when you get done with them?”
Jesus asked.
“Oh, I’ll kill ‘em,” Satan glared
“How much do you want for them?” Jesus asked
“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good.
Why, you’ll take them and they’ll just hate you.
They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don’t
want those people!!”
“How much?” He asked again.
Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your blood,
tears and your life.”
Jesus said, “DONE!”
Then He paid the price.
The pastor picked up the cage he opened the door and
he walked from the pulpit.
I hope this was as edifying to you and God as it was to me!


by Olivia, proudly an animal lover!