Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Gorilla gardening and holidays

My last day of work for 2008 included some gardening. I guess I can't call it gorilla gardening as Otago Polytechnic's Living Campus is all about interacting with and being a part of the natural environment on campus. Even so it was a good feeling of rebellion when planting tomato plants without 'permission' from someone who might manage this environment. Besides they would have died inside with no one to care for them. So if you're passing H block on Forth St, share some of your water bottle with the two tomato plants bordering the H block sign. That way I'll have fresh tomatos when I return in Jan! Would you email me a photo to accompany this post Leigh?

2009 will bring the inaugural Education for Sustainability staff training course (now complete and ready for review/feedback) and Sustainable Practice 1 and 2 and a busy workload for me at 0.3 of a position. The other 0.7 and some is spent busily loving, educating and meeting the needs of my 18 month old. He will be attending pre-school for 3 1/2 hrs twice a week. I'm a anxious about him going into care, but I'm honest about the fact that I am doing it for myself and not because I believe it's the best thing for him. Sure he might enjoy an hour in a different environment with different people, but after that he would be quite happy in the company of the people he knows and loves. I don't believe in forcing him to become independent at 18 months. I believe in meeting his needs and letting him be dependent for as long as he needs to be. This is often not as long as a child whose needs have not fully been met who continues to demand dependence as a reaction to being forced into independence before they are ready.

Just recently Unicef stated that NZ had the highest rate of care for under 5 year olds and this was not necessarily a good thing. Children from a bad home environment benefit from it and children over 3 benefit from small amounts of care. It was clear on the National program interview that a 'normal' child does not benefit from full time or near full time care. Parents can and will justify the use of childcare for their children any way they can. I will not justify the use of childcare for Eli. It is purely selfish. I want to work as well as be a mother. I want my cake and to eat it too. End of story. Anyway this wasn't meant to be the story.

I'm offically on holiday now. Yeepppeee bring on the long summer days in Nelson, Golden Bay and the West coast, biking and rock climbing with friends and spending time with family. Better get on my bike and home to my boys. See you next year. anna :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

End of year workload

Kia ora koutou

Here we are two weeks out from Christmas and busy busy. Three new courses and a resource to develop, but no panic there is always time to post a blog, eh Leigh!

Education for Sustainability is a staff development course aimed to upskill staff on what EfS actually is and how it can be implemented. It involves approximately 6 readings with questions and discussion after each. This is a great opportunity for all - literally as it's all online and freely available on the wiki - to think about how they as educators can educate for sustainability within their subject area.

Sustainable Practice 1 and 2 will be run initially for the Tourism and Travel students, but are generic courses open to the whole polytech. Sustainable Practice 1 is an introduction to Sustainability and is very student driven. Sustainable Practice 2 is industry/subject specific where students look at how they are practice sustainably within their profession. Personally I am looking forward to some interaction with the student population again. It will be interesting to see where students are at with the sustainability issue, student directed/negotiated work and action oriented learning!

The resource being developed by Sam Mann and myself is intended to support staff in integrating sustainable practice into their teaching.

As for the photo. That's me showing off my nappy free baby. He does wear pants most of the time, but not a nappy in site during the day. I guess that's applicable to Midwifery and their Sustainable Development paper! Cheers. Have a great Christmas and New Year break, with lots of fun family time and recreation. Love anna :)