Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"Hi, I'm Catherine.
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you’re sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Growing up I spent my fair share of hours finding hideaways for reading, roaming the neighbourhood, swimming laps in the pool and catching various bugs, lizards, crabs and other critters. I went on to get a Bachelor of Science and worked for a while as a geophysicist.
These days, I’m the mum of 2 great boys and a teacher of 20 more young children. My wish for these children is that they become creative, resilient, risk-taking learners. How will I inspire them to become that if I am not living like that myself?
What is Indirect Observations?
Life is full of opportunities for learning. We live in order to learn. The more you learn, the more their is to be curious about. Indirect Observations is about learning passionately throughout your life, sharing that passion with others and passing on a love for learning to our children.
In university, I wrote an honours thesis on locating earthquakes. This is an inverse problem, because we must use our measurements about seismic waves (indirect observations) to learn about where an earthquake occurred and how big it was. You can read more about inverse problems here.
I don’t work as a geologist any more, but inverse problems seem a good analogy for what I write about on this blog. The indirect observations about learning, creativity and life in this blog help me (and hopefully you too) learn about the interests, passions and strengths of my children and about who I am and where I want to be.
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