Today I sit at another airport as I write this post. The last time I did this was May last year as I waited for my flight to Rwanda, which would in turn be the catalyst for many changes in the last 12 months. The first being a new job and a move to Melbourne. It was Rwanda that really opened my eyes to education being bigger than just my primary classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I understood the process education took but to make change in education I knew I needed to understand it well. From the first years to the years beyond secondary school. It certainly prompted my move into higher education and I have truly loved the experience (as much as I miss the classroom) and have learnt so much in the past 12 months, all of which no doubt I will use when back teaching in a school.
The second decision, made after my Rwandan trip, was to head back to uni to get my Masters and it is this course which brings me to the airport today. The International Study Tour is the second subject in my Master of Educational Policy (International). I really enjoyed learning about China, India, England and Finland in my first subject, Comparative Studies and look forward to seeing first hand how policy effects education in Copenhagen, Berlin and London.
It is hard to know what to expect from schools in these countries, well except England where I taught for 4 years, and that is one of the real joys of learning! I have over the years visited many classrooms but this trip will be a little different as I have always had my teacher hat on, looking at what I can take back to my classroom. Tomorrow I will have my policy hat on, looking at how the policy effects education, schools and classrooms.
Part of my assessment is to write a reflective journal on my visits so I look forward to blogging over the next three weeks and sharing my experiences. But for now I have a plane to catch!