Monday, 22 September 2014

Fulfilment and Happiness

I would be the first to admit that I sometimes struggle to keep things in perspective.  There have been many occasions when I have wanted to shout because of the frustration that I feel when I can’t persuade members of staff, students or the local authority to even try new things.  It can feel like a personal slight – especially if you have put a lot of work into a project.  Being passionate about developing ICT is all well and good, but maybe there are more important things in life.

Some of you may have already heard about Sam Berns - he is a remarkable young man who refuses to be defined by illness. His presentation to TEDxMidAtlantic is humbling and makes you wonder if your own priorities are right. Maybe though, like Sam, we should decide what our goals are, refuse to be put off and find the solutions.

1 comment:

  1. Ah Liz, what a lovely share - I have heard Sam before, and found his talk absolutely inspiring - the sort of stuff our children should also watch. And maybe videos like this should be part of the curriculum to develop self-reflection, and thinking about what we want to achieve. I think you are right – there are so many important things in life, and much depends on what it is we want to achieve and our priorities. And in many ways, being the educator, and knowing your own school and pupils puts you in the best place to answer those questions.

    I know that for our Digital Leaders in Education programme, my interest is not just to develop more effective use of technologies to increase educational achievement, but for us to inspire, prepare and support our pupils to develop their broader critical thinking skills, digital literacy, self-reflection and well-being.

    It is wonderful to see what you have already achieved in your school. And it is important to keep trying to improve, which is what you are doing… the rest will come.