This collage shows some of the things that I'm passionate about. These are all things I bring to school in some form whether in my role as a teacher or as a mentor or in a leadership position.
- Flowers and Gardening and Appreciation - class gardens, plants and flowers in the classroom. Gifts of flowers to staff. Cards dropped into pigeon holes or on desks to show that I value what they do - students and staff.
- Cooking / Baking - sharing food with students and staff. Shared lunches, dinners for staff...
- Running - love being able to run again. It's a great challenge and I've shared this with the students and staff.
- CanTeen - important to do something for others, to give a little. CanTeen is a New Zealand organisation that supports young people with cancer and their families. I've run the Round the Bays for them and will run the Auckland Half-Marathon for them in November. Raising as much money as I can. As much of my learning and teaching as possible encourages students and teachers to make a difference.
- Photography - another passion and one that students always seem to love. We tell stories through photos and digital storytelling - great way to grab your reluctant writers and readers.
- Fun - having fun when you're learning - even when it's hard work - is so important. Keeping a sense of humour helps you cope with anything. It's a Habit of Mind - Finding Humour!
- Summer - favourite time of year when we can learn and teach outside.
- Art, Art History and Cardmaking - in these days of a very full curriculum and assessment requirements, it's important to value and foster the arts so that we don't lose creativity.
- Reading and Writing - lifelong passions and I love sharing this with others. We share books throughout the day and I write when the students are writing.
- Kayaking - sometimes it's nice to be able to escape and take time to get lost in your thoughts. The school day is so busy and full-on. It's important to take time out for students too.
- Travel - experience new things and not being scared to do so - important skill for all of us.
- Challenges - face them head on. I've learned this in the past year and my students shared a lot of the journey with me - they were a huge strength. I hope I showed them that you don't give up and you find humour in any situation.