Journeying Beside

As schools around NSW prepare to break up this week for the winter holidays I thought it’d be a good time to reflect on something I think regularly about. I love language. How it sounds. How it connects. What it means (or doesn’t mean). But I also love digging deeper into where it has come from. “All assessment is a perpetual work in progress.” – Linda Suskie ‘Assess’ is definitely one of those words that is used a lot in educational settings. So as students take home their half yearly reports this week they will include results, observations and findings gathered through a wide range of assessments. Some will have fallen within the general category of formal assessments. While others would

Embrace

Last Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of an art show for ASPECT (Autism Spectrum Australia) here in the Illawarra. It was a night filled with great people, great art and great opportunities to support the amazing work being done in ASPECT’s educational settings. There were so many conversations, ideas and goings-on that had me inspired. But it was the speech by one of the featured artists that moved me most. “Embrace what you were born with because it’s beautiful.” – Shay Mitchell Cassandra Kavanagh is an incredibly passionate speaker. She’s also an incredibly talented artist. Her presence filled the room as she spoke from the heart about her own personal journe

The Difference

There’s a big difference between knowing and doing. We’d all have experienced that I’m sure. If you’re anything like me it’s when those feelings of discontent begin rippling and start draining energy, momentum or ability to contribute. For me, it’s where I find myself asking, am I leading here? “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell I know soft plastics represent a massive challenge to our environment, clogging up land fill or our oceans, taking decades to break down and having a devastating impact on marine life. But until this past week I wasn’t fully aware of all the options available in the something I can do. I was filled with energy as I

It Really Does Take A Village

Sometimes you get subtle reminders. Sometimes you get sledgehammer reminders. While other times they’re anywhere in between. A certain series of events recently provided me with such a powerful reminder of how it really does take a village. Not just to raise a child as the quote goes, but also to support us as individuals and groups as we navigate the ups and downs that life inevitably presents. “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.” – Mahatma Gandhi A teaching friend’s face was definitely different when I saw her recently. Teachers, especially at this time of the year are balancing a very full plate, but there seemed to be s

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