What activities do you participate in outside of the classroom / outside of your regular job duties / that are important to you or reflect your personal passions?
If you are in a classroom, do these end up getting reflected in some way in your classroom?
I LOVE competitive sports! I have taken several years worth of karate and am planning to start Judo/Jujitsu later this fall. I truly like to push my limits and see just how far I can go.
I guess this does come out in my classroom because I encourage my students to dig deep and find out what they're truly made of.
I maintain several websites: our school's website, a cooking/recipe site(new), and a couple of teacher resource sites. One is for my building's teachers so they have resources for the tools that are in their classrooms, and the other is for a larger audience. I began collecting resources in 2009 for my online courses and realized bookmarking would NOT manage so many, plus I wanted to share them anyway because I like to share. It's one of those things I supposedly learned in kindergarten. :-) although I think my parents get that credit. I would say that helping others to learn is my consuming passion and it doesn't matter what age the learners are.
I am a volunteer with NSW State Emergency Service. In our unit I am the Operations Controller which means that in times of disaster I manage the teams and the completion of the jobs. I check the seriousness of the jobs as they come in and then decide which teams are best suited to do them. I have been associated with SES since 1988 and can see myself staying with this wonderful organisation until I am no loger able to be useful with them. I am also a work place trainer with SES and conduct training sessions. I do induction for new members, communication (radios), Working in Operation Centers and an SES specific course that trains members to enter data into our job database and then use the database to manage the job flow.
For relaxation I enjoy geocaching... a sport/hobby/pastime/obsession which is shared by millions of people all over the world but know of by few outside the hobby. We use GPS devices to hide and search for containers in the environment. We hide waterproof containers (some with small treasures for kids) in interesting locations and then post the co-ordinates on a website. Others can download these co-ordinates and go to the location and share the view or the walk or the natural beauty or the history and also find the cache. It gets me out in the open and to many places I would otherwise have not visited
I definitely need to learn more about geocaching!