Graduating as a primary school teacher meant I taught, lets see ….. English , Maths, Geography, History, Science, P.E., Art, R.E., Music, Shona, Needlework ….The realisation years later that I was a Jack of All Trades and a master of none stuck with me and as the years pass one after another, there is a wanting to turn the tables round and master a craft … any craft.
So for the last two decades I´ve been on a mission like a gazelle trying all sorts of crafts and that precisely was the problem. I was choosing any craft and all crafts. I´ve whittled it down to two crafts which for me is a huge and I mean huge achievement. I´m not sure how focused a gazelle is but I do know that they look ahead and run fast. Now if I can focus on just two crafts and run with it, the law of averages say I should be able to cross several finish lines of mastery. I feel optimistic as the goal doesn’t seem overwhelming as long as I stick to two. After all I have a lot of two´s – eyes, ears, hands, feet,… If I continue, no I could say when I continue to run like a gazelle I will be the master of speaking Spanish fluently and spilling my thoughts onto a blog page with ease.
Why have I chosen those two disciplines? Well, for one thing I like communicating on all levels and I´ve felt immense frustration at not being able to express myself fully whilst living in Spain. I constantly feel like that three year old who is still developing a vocabulary but who knows what they want by simply using body language and gesticulating. I´ve often come close to having a tantrum on many occasions because “they” just didn’t fully understand me. I want my language to stop having the robotic set phrases from the text book but to have feeling and meaning.
Writing has played a large role in my teaching life. My mind constantly seeks new ideas, finds them and wants to write them down quickly for fear of losing them, (which is the case now its on overload). It’s not the writing I want to master but the ideas to lay the foundations to storytelling. I marvel at the great storytellers whose words just flow. I have fragments of story which lack body in the form of well constructed words.
So I say to myself. Watch this space. Watch this blog. Watch me be the master of my craft.
Born sometime on the 22 July 1959 and according to the calendar on a Wednesday. Midweek. Best time to be born if you appreciate time. In the process of mastering her craft.
We´re All Winners …..
Watching the YouTube videos of this year´s winners, made me realise that it doesn’t matter how much you are a master of your craft, you have to continue to be innovative. You will see what I mean if you watch a speaker from a decade ago compared to today. All the winners had something different to grab our attention. See if you can spot what each of the winners had that was unique.