I have been offline and resting from this blog for too long - but
I'm back online in blog world. I've been so busy; finishing my PhD titled 'The Nature of Imagination in Education for Sustainability' available from the library http://dro.deakin.edu.au/view/DU:30073007 . I worked at Green School, Bali for a year, and so moved to sunny Indonesia with my son.
After an inspiring session today with my mentor and life enthusiast Tracey Gray, I realise there are so many stories to tell. In this systemised world there are many models of education, some are more inspiring than others, and it can hurt real good when we realise that an educational model is not working for our own deep-hearted pedagogy or our own children.
Educational ideas are inspiring and sometimes are not followed through in earnest, and this can be heartbreaking. As teachers and parents, our commitments shine strongly when our own children become involved in the world of education.
But we all realise, and we must remember, to value hard experiences that encourage us to return to our truer values and deeper commitments. Enduring the shaky 'this is not how I want to teach', or the tenuous, 'I'm not sure this is right for my child anymore', can be earth shattering. This is because our identities live within our communities; our families and our work.
Our understandings of childhood and nature, and our deeply embodied faith in goodness, freedom's purpose, live right next door to school, in the teachers lap, and in the consequences of choices made today.
And where the ground breaks, we ask, 'what do I really want?'
I want nature based understandings of knowledge and learning. I want incorporated life-learning practices that makes sense. I want more experiential journeys outdoors so that discovery and imagination thrive. I want our children to be nourished by organic learning processes like discovery and play.
There are many stories to tell- because it is created in one big story.
Sally Jensen is a Sustainability Educator and facilitator of the ResourceSmart Schools program in Victoria.