At this moment, I am filled with a particularly happy and grateful energy and a lot of this has to do with the fact that I am in school.
Today was my first day in the Masters of Professional Education – Leadership in Indigenous Education program at Western University (I should probably note that the formal program name is aboriginal education, but as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I frequently replace that with indigenous), and even though it’s only the first day, I feel exhilarated by the possibilities that are created when passionate people come together because they care about community, education, learning and teaching.
Learning is definitely one of the ways that I nourish my spirit and I realize that when I’m in the midst of things, it’s easy to overlook how important carving out the time to think critically and feel deeply about what and how I am structuring the work or the writing that I’m doing.
I’ve been working rather intensively in the areas of education and language for the past year and I can definitely see how my work and my own personal thinking will be positively impacted by the interaction of ideas and conversations I'll get to be apart of in this program.
Ahh. I’ve needed this time and I’m enormously thankful for it now.
Indigenous Services Center
I just finished a set of readings and so this is a rather short post but I just had to make a quick one because I was excited and I wanted to share some of that excitement on the blog as a way of recording this part of my learning adventure.
One of my first assignments is to write an autobiography in a colonial context and consider what forces and events have shaped my experience of school over the course of my life.
It should be quite fun to write.
I've included some of the highlights of the day in a few of the pictures above. The education library was amazing (they have their own Twitter account!), the Indigenous Services Centre was very cool and I absolutely loved that there was a Twitter challenge to faculty members to share their research in 140 characters or less. I think it would be great to do something similar in my community in the future around education, learning and language. So many ideas - I look forward to sharing more in the weeks and months to come!