I’m very appreciative and grateful for all the professional events that happened this year and to all those who have supported or provided opportunities.
- Appointed coordinator of a collaborative K-2 team
- Accepted into the ‘The art of leadership’ course at Harvard
- Awarded the Wenona Fellowship that afforded me an amazing learning experience to meet some outstanding educators.
- Presented at two conferences
- Travelled to the US to learn from innovative educators, schools, universities, Harvard & ISTE
- Received the Keith Tronc Award at the ACEL conference
- Accepted an offer from the University of Wollongong for PhD
I visited JFK museum in Boston
I attempted to thank many at the end of my blogs through my Gratitude Journal but there are so many to whom I am very grateful. Upon completion of my fellowship, I did some soul searching and spent many hours reflecting on my experiences and incredible opportunities. What is my passion? What do I want to achieve? How can I make a difference? This fellowship was instrumental to my future endeavours.
I recently spoke with an academic who asked me why I was interested in a PhD. Her approach to finding my purpose was a little off-putting and not the supportive manner I’d hoped for. But I'm appreciative because it did make me stop and question why I really wanted to conduct educational research. I have read education texts, articles, blogs and attended conferences and regardless of the topic, the most important thing for me is the 'PURPOSE'.
- the aim, goal or intention of a person
- the reason why something is done or used
- what a person is trying to do, become, etc.
- the feeling of being determined to achieve something
So what's my purpose?
This graphic represents 'purpose' and with this wonderful opportunity, I'm conscious of staying focused because I have found I can get easily distracted by being active on social media (Twitter), exploring new apps, reading educational texts, and attending conferences. I know that I'm going to have to lose that Fear Of Missing Out. When I met with my university supervisors, they asked for me to share my story. After listening intently, they asked questions and continually referred back to my comments. They used coaching to clarify my purpose. My purpose is clearer and I know at times I’ll be tempted to venture into other territories, but I will ask myself,
“Will it support educators and enhance or improve their teaching quality?”