I am passionate about ideas and learning. I work as a teacher at a local high school, primarily with students requiring support for a range of different reasons. I’m also a mum and my girls are without question my first priority. These three things have resulted in me spending a lot of time learning about learning, and education more broadly.
Parenting in today’s crazy fast paced world is a challenge when your philosophy of life doesn’t quite fit with the norm. For my girls I have tried to create a slower paced childhood, where things are not rushed, and free play and creativity are valued. It’s hard work at times, but as I see my girls playing and talking and interacting and forming opinions about things that mater, I’m glad that my husband and I have made the choices we have.
In my work as a teacher I am inspired by the slow education movement. I believe in a progressive, child centred approach where each learner is treated as an individual, and given the time and space to learn and grow in their own way. I believe all children need to be given a voice, an opportunity to be known and to come to know themselves. I believe that curiosity is the driving force that stimulates learning and creativity, and without it education is futile. I believe learning should be delivered in a way that allows students to be engaged in meaningful tasks, have opportunities to be creative and solve problems, and to develop confidence in their strengths as a learner. An unrealistic utopia? Perhaps. But I’m not giving up on the dream yet.
If you are interested in inclusive education, creativity or education reform you may like to visit The Curiosity Studio for a range of links to information and resources.