Deciding on a six month sabbatical is an exciting and also daunting family decision but one that we have decided to do together and with joint ownership. We are confident that our three children will gain much from the following months of adventure, travel and community engagement as will both my wife and I. We have started by choosing our favourite aspects of Thailand that we want to re-visit before moving on permanently and also those places that we never got the chance to experience over the last few years. Below is an image of our kitchen blackboard and our top five choices that we are working through over the next couple of months:
As part of the sabbatical we are also challenging ourselves to be reflective learners and to become more effective digital global citizens. One of my personal and professional targets is to increase my own digital profile and to challenge myself to utilise social media and online resources to become a better learner and educator. Developing this blog (and the future potential of it) is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone #goomcz. Creating a Twitter account has also been a big step for me but something I definitely see the benefit of having and being able to connect and collaborate with inspiring educators and leaders throughout the world. I hope that I can connect my Twitter account and blog effectively in the near future… watch this space!
As ever, teaching and learning is all about role modelling and as a family we are all sharing our learning experiences. Jonah, our oldest, has created his first ever Weebly, and I have to say is a lot better than me at this – as are most young learners growing up in this digital age and a significant reason why we must embrace this change and not resist it or be afraid of it. You can follow his blog here:
My other two kids are writing (and drawing) learning journals and I am sure that between Jonah and myself we will post a number of entries and images from their journals at different times in the future.