Julien Green captues a key element; 'The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.'
My exploration has really got underway now as I prepare my first 'Discovery' PD workshop for early next month. If we ever thought 'Change' or 'The Journey' were tricky, 'Discovery' seems far more convoluted and layered. Mapping out the tightly packed details for 'Discovery' is daunting enough in terms of the different paths that can be taken. This is even before challenging when you then add evaluation of the prescribed and related texts. We can only bemoan the fact that to the average student in the average school, a narrower conceptual range would be more accessible.
Initial musing suggests an exploration of self and the values and attitudes underpinning the process of unearthing and understanding the previously unknown or undiscovered. That is perhaps why 'The Tempest' seems to be gaining popularity as a text choice for Advanced students as it ticks so many BOS boxes. For mainstream Standard students, Frost's poetry is equally evocative and accessible. Beginning any new Area of Study is difficult, given the time and effort it takes to develop the necessary resources and confidence to teach it well.
May there be a speedy reduction in the heavy workload faced by teachers in the first few hectic weeks.