2009 Reflections

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For me, the end of a year brings with it the opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and, most importantly, lessons learnt.  Of course, by the time we reach the end of the school year, most of us are tired, run-down and looking forward to the holidays!  On the positive side, though, there are feelings of satisfaction in regard to the year’s achievements as well as excitement looking forward to the following year’s projects.  However, the end of 2009 didn’t have me looking forward with the usual excitement to the new year.  Why?  How on earth could my enthusiasm be dwindling?

During 2009, the main projects I worked on were:

Whilst all of these projects were/are interesting, exciting and challenging, I find myself feeling quite “flat” as I look to the future.  I think that part of this comes down to neglecting my personal life and being consumed in my work.  Much of what I do in my role is also a hobby for me.  It is, therefore, easy for the school/home line to become blurred.

A colleague once said to me,

“You plant the seeds, Lucy.  All around the school, you plant the seeds.  Some of these grow and flourish and others don’t.  And that is to be expected.”

Once upon a time, I was happy for just some of these seeds to grow and flourish.  However, now I find myself questioning if the heart and soul that you put into planting these seeds is really worthwhile.  At times, the pace of change is so slow that I fear we will just continue plodding along.  Is it acceptable to continue having a handful of staff who understand the importance and possibilities when using ICT in the curriculum?  Can we achieve a whole-school approach to this as others do, where it is clear that ICT is a priority?

Whilst I am not one for “New Year’s Resolutions”, I have decided that I need to devote more time to “getting back to basics” in terms of my own well-being and that of my family.  My hope is that in feeling better about myself I will be able to contribute with greater clarity to my school work and renew my sense of enthusiasm.

I will take great care in planting the seeds – but only where they will grow and flourish.

7 Things You Don’t Need to Know About Me

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In response to Jarrod Robinson’s challenge via Twitter, here are the “7 things you don’t need to know about me”. However, one of the following statements is completely untrue.  Which one is it? 😉

1.  I am the youngest of four sisters and our names all begin with ‘L’!

2.  At my first swimming lesson in primary school, the teacher made me jump into the deep end – then had to rescue me!

3.  I was put off alcohol at the age of 16 when I witnessed a friend throwing up into a gutter with her police officer father standing behind her.

4.  I love music and reached 8th grade level in piano and used to play the guitar, flute and saxophone.

5.  Although my family is originally from Malta, my parents grew up in Egypt.  My father came to Australia on a Super Constellation aircraft which was very ambitious for that time!

6.  After teaching for 5 years, I had a change of career and worked in the airline industry for 4 years.  This included working as a flight attendant with Ansett Australia.  (I couldn’t wait to return to teaching!)

7.  I once met Ian “Molly” Meldrum when working on a flight from Melbourne to Perth and spent most of the flight chatting with him about Egyptian Artefacts, something we both love.

Thanks @mrrobbo for challenging me – although I was reluctant at first, I really enjoyed the task!  Thank you for also reminding me that behind all of the amazing educators in my PLN, there are “real” people, each one with their own “story” that is usually untold!

It’s a difficult task to choose seven more people to challenge, so I’m asking each and every one of you to consider sharing “7 things you don’t need to know about me”!