For the last few months I have had some significant changes in my life. At the start of 2009 I started my new job at a new school and within a few days of starting my 17 year old son had a severe head injury which resulted in a brain operation, a stay in Intensive Care at Monash Hospital (a great place to end up if you are in the position of needing Intensive Care) and some time in the ordinary ward, as well as starting Year 12 a month after school started. It was stressful for the whole family, as he couldn’t be left on his own for the first two weeks at home. After a term and a half of struggling with my job in this situation I decided to resign from my new job (I started teaching in 1978) and put my time where it was really needed. Kieran had started to go to school half time and needed lots of support at home to make this happen. I have now been at home for two and half months and half very much enjoyed concentrating on one thing rather than juggling the many things that come with being a teacher. I’ve been gardening, making compost, cooking meals from scratch and looking for specials in the supermarket. I felt so lucky that my husband was in work and could support us on his income.
But now there is another change. Before I had even thought of what I would do in the future if I wasn’t a teacher in the classroom, I heard about a job opportunity where I could engage deeply with ICT in education part time. So I went for the job and will be starting in two weeks time. I will be working as a Project Officer in the office of the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association “a non-profit organisation supporting information and communication technology teachers at primary schools, secondary colleges and universities and other tertiary education institutions in Victoria, Australia.” This past week has been ICT week and VITTA is working closely with both the Victorian Government and the Australian Computer Society in promoting excellence in ICT education and ICT career pathways. I was fortunate to go to the Bus Tour and the ICT & Careers Expo. But that is a topic for my next blog post