As a teacher, I feel my job is to give the students the basic tools they need to learn throughout their lifetime. Curriculum sets a base, but in a world that changes so rapidly, it is the student themselves that needs to commit to the concept they truly never will be done "learning'.
In high school, I hated art. I didn't find the curriculum nor the instruction very inspiring. Funny thing is that I now hold the Position of Responsbility for the Arts at Grey Highlands. I also spend more than half of my year teaching students Consumer Design and Photography. When I can squeeze in the time, I am enjoying taking courses at Georgian College in pursuit of a degree in Photography.
Interests and opportunities change over a lifetime. Only with a personal commitment to be open to possibilities and new ideas, can one truly grow. Hopefully, as a teacher, I can spark this drive, but it is up to the individual to feed the desire.
One website that I enjoy is Ted.com. With the tag line of "ideas worth spreading", Ted.com has set out to gather lectures from the world's most inspiring, creative and thought-provoking speakers. I can get lost on the site for hours.
One particular lecture from Sir Ken Robinson both reinforced and challenged my educational paradigm. His assertion that present school systems are killing creativity is both humourous and thought-provoking.
There is also another interesting animated version of one of Sir Ken's lectures on changing education paradigms on Youtube
secondary school teacher, amateur photographer, movie buff, computer nerd .