The school year is winding down! Professional development on Friday and Victoria Day week-end signal that another change is in the air. Working this year has been given me an opportunity to learn from and teach another cohort of children. I especially enjoy a group of kindergarten children who are always asking questions. Inquiry-based learning is one of the current catchphrases but in my opinion, all learning has to come from a child's natural curiosity.
|from the rooftop of Oaxaca Learning Center|
What is in store for next year, I really don't know. My job was posted this morning in the first round but I can't apply since I'm on an interim contract. I really missed my extended time away this year so perhaps a position on the limited substitute list is in the future. Retired teachers are called after all qualified regular substitutes have been exhausted. It is possible to book off for travel with no repercussions. It seems the a teacher shortage will continue especially in the fields of Library and French Immersion.
Going forward into my "older" years, I'm not certain where the path will lead. The several months that I used to spend in Europe have become very expensive. I'm not so much a traveller as a person who wants to "try out different homes." Since my husband is a homebody, costly extended absences
seem unfair. I enjoy the Oaxaca visits and I have been accepted by the library community there so I probably will continue to visit.
|from a children's bookstore in the 6th arrondissement Paris|
Last week, I started a faith-based discussion group called Living the Questions. I am learning about theology and the role of religion in the 21st century. I'm unsure in my beliefs but we are discussing uncertainty and the means that people use to avoid it. In humankind's efforts to avoid uncertainty, are we promoting intolerance and global disharmony?
I've taken on more garden areas in our complex. As our monthly strata payments and levies are being used to upgrade structures, our 26 acres are becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain. Lawns are cut and large bushes and trees trimmed but weeding and planting are left to an ever diminishing group of volunteers. I'm still working with parking lot gardens and I'm committed to mostly perennial, low-cost, drought resistant plantings.
|peony in Apple Greene Park|
Book club tonight! It's The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I've read it twice and I find it disturbing. The shift from historical fiction to fantasy is unsettling as well. The novel is well-written but I hope we'll read something a little lighter for next month.
|a disturbing read|
|Teaching gives me a chance to share my travel experiences.|
|This book brings back memories of a New Mexico road trip.|
But my lifetime favourite is Miss Rumphius.
After a time of travel, Miss Rumphius came home, planted lupines and told stories to children. Miss Rumphius, has always seemed to me to be a guidebook for navigating life as a solo traveller.
|illustration by Barbara Cooney from Miss Rumphius (SLJ School Library Journal)|