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I haven't blogged in the last couple of years, I've been immersed in the day to day grind and relentlessness of classroom teaching, oh and some fabulous opportunities facilitating Post-Grad study for The Mind Lab. There are always moments of joy, everyday, as a classroom teacher. But, it can certainly take its toll when the balance slides. I am now out of the classroom, teaching Digital Technologies to teachers across our region and beyond. I am incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity. I get asked (almost on a daily basis) "Oh! How do I get your job?" I respond with a smile and a light hearted remark, but in my head I'm thinking... whānaungatanga, by having relationships and being connected. People think that I must have a passion for technology. They miss the point. I don't at all. I just learned how to do a lot of this stuff because I wanted my kids to be able to connect.
Congratulations Juliet on your new position. I agree with you about the importance of relationships and connections. For me it is about the village:

I see my ‘why’ as a learner with a passion for helping other learners find their spark. Whether it be sharing ideas and perspectives or providing support to take the next step or pushing back in order to go deeper. Each action comes back to a focus on creating a greater community.

You have also reminded me of an experience I had with a technology company a few years ago, which focused too much on the what with little consideration of the pedagogy behind it all:

Although technology may help strengthen and support such things [as why], if we don’t have them prior to adding in technology to the mix, then don’t be surprised if technology flops.

Welcome back to the blogosphere,