I began my teaching career in Melbourne in 1981 and my first principalship in New Zealand in 2006. I created my original blog Jenny Jackson's Active Reflections in April 2014 after returning from a ten week principal sabbatical. You can view a short video encapsulating my sabbatical report at this link. I was inspired by students from the Manaikalani Cluster of schools in Auckland who were sharing their learning on individuals blogs via Twitter. I decided that if I wanted learners to do the same, then I needed to model this myself.
A blog enables me to record learning opportunities and share experiences with others. The process of recording these experiences in itself is a powerful tool for deep reflection and often leads me to action new learning and change. At times we are motivated and excited by new learning experiences but they are quickly forgotten once we return to the busyness of our working lives or we take copious notes at courses we attend and then rarely look at the notes again. This blog provides a valuable opportunity to share learning with students, staff, parents and other educators as well as become a published record of rich experiences to inspire others. I regularly make reference to earlier posts with colleagues and can locate them easily through the search engine. All posts from my original blog have been copied onto this change2flourish blog.
In Term 4 (October) 2016, I proudly commenced my principalship at St Patrick's Catholic school, Murrumbeena, Melbourne.
In January 2017, I completed my final paper for a Masters in Educational Leadership through the Australian Catholic University and The Catholic Institute of New Zealand. I graduated in September 2017.
I warmly invite feedback and appreciate any comments connected to my posts or otherwise and look forward to continuing to change 2flourish.