The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.— Oscar Wilde.
Hi there. My name is Jen and I am the creator of this page. By “creator” I really mean trying to work out how to add text and pictures with no idea really of what I’m doing…… Writing my own blog is something I have thought about for a really long time. I’ve procrastinated for so many reasons. Lack of time and the constant reality of other “jobs” needing more attention have been the main reasons. Then there’s the real truth…….. because, let’s face it, if I really wanted to do it by now I would have. So, the real reason is that nothing I wrote was ever perfect enough, the pictures were never good enough and the content was never quite good enough or interesting enough.
The push for wanting to step into the path of imperfection, sharing it with potentially a wide audience, has been aided by two strong forces. Firstly, I’m well and truly ready to try something a little different career-wise. I think we can all relate to that at times. Secondly, a growth mindset appears to be all the rage right now (at least in schools) and I know if I don’t step outside my comfort zone, I’ll never do it and I’ll keep doing the same thing and never growing.
Stepping outside of my comfort zone means I’m taking a risk. Taking risks used to be easy for me when I was younger. Age has brought a little bit more wisdom and knowledge though and now I realise that there are often consequences (good or bad) to all of my actions. It’s far easier to sit back and carry on as normal.
Ok, so back to embracing imperfection! To write this blog I need to first accept that it won’t be perfectly written and have perfect images. So, no, it is not perfection however, this means that my audience get to come along for the ride and see a genuine person try to do their best and have a few laughs along the way! Hopefully, you’ll be able to relate to my experiences. Maybe I will be the “Celeste Barber” of education blogs!!
I hope to share teaching tips that will genuinely help educators. I feel like I am ready to do this after 16 (or more….?) years of teaching in what I call the “coal mine.” I’ve taken no time off for long holidays, children or anything (more on that later, and yes, I have children). I also would like to share tips for working mother’s, in particular, teaching mothers because that’s a super tough gig! Can anyone relate to that?
I’m super excited to begin this journey and hope you will join me along the way. I would like this to be a positive forum for sharing information!