An interesting unit, it took me back to High School days. I was the first in my family to go to University to study to become a teacher. I wanted to be a Textiles / Fashion Designer as I loved Textiles, it was difficult to get into any course. I had an amazing Textiles Teacher who encouraged me to go towards Teaching, but from a very young age I wanted to follow in my mothers footsteps.
My Mother was a Teacher ( Teachers College ). My father an engineer ( College ). I was an average Bilingual student growing up in the Western Suburbs of Sydney.
University was not promoted back in the 80's, like it is now, but my parents encouraged it a lot for my brother and I to try harder ,for job security, a great future.
This unit made me think of my aspirations and expectations as a High School student and what would be the expectations and aspirations of the students I teach today.
I have always believed that struggle whatever it may be will encourage you to try harder and you can do well if you are determined and really want to go there.
A positive role model in your life to keep you going and give you direction is key.
A parent, grandparent, carer, teacher, coach, a special person that helps to inspire and empower you to continue learning and experience different things.
I like how there are links to research papers so you can read what has been done and there is evidence to support.
I like the idea points where you have to reflect on your pathway and then think about working with your current students.