Rural Women Educators, Women and Leadership

The 9 Letter Word

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What words can you see in this word target? I am too lazy to find as many words as  I can. I prefer to find the 9 letter word. But it has been years since I looked at these crazy language games. Why? My story has been a mixture of the unfinished business of raising a family, plus a bit of education consulting, some research, coaching and now serious PhD study. It has been some time since I have been exclusively in the classroom.

This term I have returned to the English classroom. That is right, I have entered into that fabulous space where I play teacher and a group of students come along to learn. Together we enter into this journey to learn about our subject, about the world and about ourselves. I had forgotten how amazing this job is, how complex, multifaceted and demanding. My head is spinning with stories, ideas and experiences. And somehow I have come alive, again.

And daily I am realizing how the teaching and learning is informing my research as I imagine what the professional and personal life is like for the women in leadership in education, who I have interviewed.

I am thankful for work that challenges and energizes me. Grateful for challenging educational experiences in this rural space I call home. Privileged to be working with young people and delighted that my own little people have risen to the challenge of the new school routine with their Mumma around. Life is busy. Life is good.

If you have been reading this but secretly also calculating what the 9 letter word is, it is wallpaper. Enjoy. x


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