Write a blog post about your favourite movie/song/piece of art including how it relates to your life as an educator.
This is my favourite piece of artwork. It is by Diana Adams, a New Zealand artist, and is of Cathedral Cove. I have a copy of this artwork, which was given as a gift to me by my brother and his wife one Christmas.
I love this picture because, firstly, Mercury Bay on the Coromandel is my most favourite place in the world. Although we holiday closer to Whitianga, Cathedral Cove is the most iconic part of Mercury Bay to many people. When I was on my OE in the early 2000s I carried with me a picture of the view out into Mercury Bay from our family beach house my Dad's family built 60 years ago in 1955 when he was at primary school. My beach is the place where I am the happiest, the calmest. It is my turangawaewae.
How does it fit in with my life as an educator?
When I was a child I learnt so much at the beach. How to fish. About friendships. About how families operate. About nature. About how to ski underwater. About time management - or lack of it in my case.
I lived in Whitianga for two years and taught at two local schools. I loved the lifestyle and made some true lifelong friends, as well as getting to spend extra special time with my Grandma who was in her 90s and passed away a year after I moved away for a new school.
It is a place I draw inspiration on as a teacher for how I teach and what I teach at times. I took my class to my beach as part of my camp in 2012, because it is the safest beach I know. See the post: Room 3 Camp March 2012 - Day Three. I've used it as inspiration for doing art, such as in this post Beach Scenes where I was inspired by walks along the beach and the bunny tails glued on the art were actually from my beach!
When I take work up to the beach to do, like reports, records, planning and the like, it never seems like hard work when you have this view to look out upon. I am calm and focused with the sound of the waves pushing in and out on the beach.