year end thoughts

This was supposed to be an end of year reflection but NZ happened rather quickly post school and then the morning photo series needed some attending to first. How convenient.

It’s now a little under a week left of summer break and finally getting around to putting some things down. Better late than never eh?

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I love starting out each school day looking up at a piece of the sky and watching the clouds breathe. Just standing there, taking it in and seeing how different things are each day yet at the same time remaining so familiar. It can feel a lot like life and a lot like school. Amidst the routine of things, what students bring and what we as educators bring each day when we come together to learn makes it what it is. Some days it’s subtle and some days blatantly apparent. Some days absolutely amazing, some ridiculously challenging. Whatever unfolds, we’re together…looking, learning, wondering and being amazed at this ever changing place we call school.

As all school years go, it did not fail to be an eventful one. It was packed with learning of course along with accreditation, re-visiting old initiatives, new initiatives, changes in our leadership and what seemed to be a million other happenings. A fair bit of travelling for work took place as well which led to some wonderful learning experiences. Teaching internationally definitely provides vast opportunities in a variety of environments. From art conferences to leadership and teacher conferences to supporting our HS GIN students at their conference–I was inspired by and learned from many exceptional educators. It’s encouraging to engage with people who care so deeply about their students and love what they do and choose to come together to learn, share, and connect.

So realizations this past year? In list form of course : ) …

  • Accept the constraints of a schedule and fully experience the joy of the process instead of constantly feeling rushed and focused on output.  Creativity and learning reveals itself through many avenues.

  • If we’re going to dedicate time to something, we must ensure that we are thoughtful, purposeful and intentional.

  • Consistently dialogue about our art/work and process, reflect and value time for reflection.

  • Questioning our discoveries and journey helps make connections in our thinking and with others.

  • Communicating ideas and building experiences together creates community.

  • Information is better received when packaged well and presented with thought and care. Helping people feel informed is powerful and enabling them to come to their own decisions and actions is more conducive to real growth and change.

Art is a way of seeing the world and encompasses our learning. The similarities in teaching art and working with adults in the realm of professional learning is daily becoming more apparent to me. Seth Godin wrote, “Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of your heart and your soul.”  We help guide our students each day in recognizing what is worthy and I hope we continually seek out clarity in our own learning journey as well.

Have an amazing rest of the summer and an incredible start to the new year.

Here’s my past school year in sky if you fancy having a look.

 

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