Six days into the new school year and the summer holidays are but a blur. Week 2 is knocking at the door and it will be super-packed with whole-school events in full swing. But I thought I’d take a breather and reflect on the fantastic first week that was.
Archive for the ‘Contemplations’ Category
I am attending a TeachMeet Sydney event this afternoon at Gilroy Catholic College.. Teachmeets are a fantastic space for educators from all sectors and settings to share ideas via Pecha Kucha presentations, 2-minute mini presentations and inspiring informal discussions. One of the best things about Teachmeets are the fantastic backchannels via the #tmsydney or #tmhills tags Here is my mini presentation on how I recently found myself learning how to snowboard and what the experience taught be about Turning, Falling, Hurting and Learning!*
Generally, weekends are a time to relax and unwind. A time to try to not think about work 24/7 and to catch up on “life”. As a teacher, we tend to relish these two days which, although often packed with sport, events, family and a multitude of domestic duties, help us reconnect with ourselves. Take a day out of the weekend for a work-related event and resentment accompanied by exhaustion is rarely far away.
Except in this case.
For many, television supplies a blissful escape from reality. It offers us the opportunity to sit back, relax and take the opportunity to engage with someone else’s dilemmas, discoveries, disasters and dreams. But has the divide between pure entertainment and real life begun to blur with reality TV shows?
I have always loved eating but have recently developed a new appreciation and enthusiasm for cooking. I enjoy it much more now than I used to.
There is so much satisfaction to gain from being able to try something new without someone watching over your shoulder. And whether your endeavour is a success or an utter, complete failure or somewhere in between – you learn from the experience!
I like to think that I can put a positive spin on just about anything – very much a glass half-full person. However, there are times when this can be incredibly challenging. There are times when even the tiniest frustrations start to pile up and then niggling negativity starts to creep in which makes dealing with every new challenge that little bit more difficult. So I am reminded today of the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto and his work on positive thought.