Before I begin talking about what 2015 has looked like for me, I want to thank all of the lovely people who have walked through this year with me. Particularly my beautiful family, who challenge me and love me daily.
I became a teacher in 2015, although officially that occurred the year before. It was 2015 that I got to put my degree into practice and was let loose with senior primary at two amazing local schools. I will never forget this first year and am extremely thankful to the students from both classes, the teaching staff who guided me, and to both Principals for their support of my ideas and teaching. The great training and professional development I received, and the chance to complete the VIT learning project enabled me to move beyond provisional, and become a fully fledged teacher.
I’m looking forward to 2016 as a chance to both have my own class for an entire year, as well as dabble in the how to of other schools with some CRT on my two non-official working days.
Entertainment was mixed in 2015. I’ve been to see Brooke Fraser, Pseudo Echo, OneD and 5SOS. I saw Mother & Son with Marco, & we took the girls to see Lion King and, of course, Gold Class viewing of the newest Star Wars movie.
We went on our first family holiday (not just visiting people) since 2008 to not so sunny Surfers Paradise – theme parks, beaches and hinterland – thanks to earning money again.
In looking back, I spent a lot of time in my head this year, planning, learning, working things out. Life was a little bit hectic a lot of the time, but mostly mentally, not much tangible evidence to show, apart from a new registration card and a class of students ready to move up to the next grade. To those of you I haven’t been great at keeping up with, my apologies. Call me, let’s catch up! To those of you I have spent time with, thank you for making me sane in the times when my brain may have exploded, and thank you for sharing your wine, chocolate, time etc.
Next year, 2016, will look a little different again, hopefully with a little more head space for other things, and a better fluidity in classroom work. Less bringing work to home and an ability to divide my headspace into rightful proportions that give my family more of me. I aim to pull into line the balance of physical, mental, spiritual once more, like improving my running and eating habits again.
Stay true, don’t be judgemental, love God, put in 100%, think the best of everyone and be the best I can be to everyone – not false, but honest. No change in my philosophy, just an upgrade :D.
Love to you all!