Alice Louise

Wow! What a drama to create my account! I have a lovely new little Mac that this site would not let me use to create the account so I had to go find my brick PC laptop and use that! Never-the-less, here I am! Back on my cute little Mac!

Hello everyone, I'm Alice. Usually I'm only Alice-Louise when I'm in trouble or on very formal occasions. You can call me whatever you like, I'll only assume I'm in trouble if the Alice-Louise is completely in upper case!

I looked at everyone's little introductions before I attempted to create my account and in the time it's taken to get on here have come to the conclusion that I can't hold back on the "yapper-er" within me. I'm afraid I won't be able to keep my introduction to one paragraph. Feel free to stop reading at any time.

Back in '97 when I was finishing High School, I decided I wanted to be a guidance counsellor. So I quizzed our school guidance counsellor about how to get there and he said to become a teacher first and then do a masters to be a counsellor. I had no desire to be a teacher - but saw it as a stepping stone to a higher calling and set about to finish my teaching degree. I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor in Music Education and had fallen so in love with the idea of teaching and effecting change in the next generation that I completely forgot the Guidance Counselling plan. I had met my husband by then, we were married in 2004 and in 2005 I got thoroughly distracted from any plans when I fell pregnant with twin boys. In quick succession we enlarged our tribe to 4 children with 2 lovely little girls, the youngest of which is turning 2 at the end of August. This year my boys started prep, and I started part time work again.

I now have no real plan. My first priority is to be a successful mother. I haven't figured out what I define as successful mothering yet. I'd like to think that I'm on that train…but I'm not sure, I guess I'll find out eventually.

I've always planned on doing my masters. I used to be very interested in Special Needs education and doing research in this area, now my kids are starting in prep though I have remembered how much I loved teaching the littlies and I'd like to learn more about how to work with them. There's just so many areas that I have a little bit of interest in, I suppose the crux of it is though that I really just want to figure out how to help kids learn- better. How to them see a future, have a vision and empower themselves…and not just special needs kids now, or disadvantaged learners…I see the faces of all the little grade 8's and 9's I'm working with at the moment swimming in front of me.

I've only worked at one school since I graduated and, like someone else whose introduction I read, it's a small independent school - but in Rockhampton. I've been part of the furniture now for so long it seems like the families in the school and the people I work with are part of my family. I see changes looming on the horizon for the way kids learn and what they need to know - especially my own kids - and I don't want to be one of the teachers who just changes when they have to. I'd like to be an example for my own kids and the other kids that I teach and be someone who enacts change, who doesn't let themselves be ruled by circumstances and who never loses their thirst for knowledge and understanding.

So after all that I guess there's a number of reasons why I'm doing my masters and am now enrolled in this course.
1. I really, really, really want to know more and be prepared better for the future of education.
2. I want to be able to support my principal, colleagues and the families of our school as changes occur
3. I want to be an example for my students and maybe in some way inspire them
4. I want to have my masters degree before my husband has his! Haha! :-)
These are in no particular order.

I have not really thought through what I am doing, the opportunity arose and so I took it. I don't actually know how I am going to fit everything in to my life - I suspect I will be very stressed, emotional and will spend a good deal of time praying for a few extra hours in the day. I have a lot of trouble keeping quiet and tend to talk (or write as it were) incessantly at times, usually when overtired. But! I am very excited about the 3 notebooks! I hadn't even thought about notebooks, it honestly hadn't crossed my mind that I might need one (clearly this was a well thought through plan) and now I get three for one subject. I LOVE stationary! This alone has made my night a happy one!

Looking forward to completing this course with you all.

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