Call it serendipity, call it chance, call it what you may, but sometimes the littlest action can start a chain of events that lead to unexpected things.
Today, Daughter1, the teacher, sent me a link to an article about reshaping the classroom and thinking about the developing teenage brain rather than established educational models (rigid classrooms etc). I thought it was a good read and so emailed it to all the teachers.
Shortly afterwards the deputy principal sent out an email asking the teachers to really make an effort to read the article. He sent me an email thanking me for sharing the article.
I thought that was the icing on the cake of my day, and so emailed Daughter1 that “Mum has scored one, thanks to Daughter1!” It was a good moment.
After school, all the newbies were asked to attend a “catch up” afternoon tea to see if we had any issues or wanted to discuss anything. I went along, a little tired, but they had chocolate biscuits so that made life tolerable.
At the end the principal called me aside and said how impressed he was with the emailed article and how he and the deputy loved the sentiments and views it contained. And then he invited me to join a “think tank” that the school is forming to plan the introduction of year seven to high school. [In Queensland, Australia, year 7 has always been part of primary school, but to align all the states and allow the introduction of the new national Australian curriculum, year seven is being moved to high school]
This means, here I am a third year graduate joining a team that has international educational experts as consultants. I am excited and stunned at the same time. I get to assist in the shaping of new classrooms and teaching techniques!
And all because my daughter shared an article with me, and I shared it with others.
See this smile? It is gratitude for “An Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual”.
“An Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual” (Schopenhauer).