Well it’s been a long time coming and it was by no means easy, but here I am. I’ve known for almost a year now that I’ve needed to get this blog up and running. First it was this not so subtle voice of my Principal, George Couros, asking me pretty much every week last year when was I going to get my blog started. As he’s one of these fellows who follows a lot of technology trends (understatement) and I was still investigating this whole technology business, I heard him but reserved judgement. I’m a busy gal and have to choose my priorities.
It didn’t take long, once I started actually following a few blogs, to realize that blogging myself would be an important part of elevating my own professional practice. So step one, let’s get this set up and running! Well, when I made the (deferred) decision to do this, I was living out the in the cyber-hinterlands of dial-up connectivity. There was no way that I could do this when each page I wanted to open could take up to a minute to load. I just tested at least a dozen themes setting this up tonight, that would have been a couple of days worth of time!!
Just a point to make here, for all of you ed-tech folks who are leaping and bounding upon all kinds of engaging tools that enhance your practice and instruction… There are still some people who are well educated and interested and innovative who have issues with connectivity. Sometimes it’s by conscious choice to make other things in life a priority. In my case it was accidental. Our acreage was on a north facing hill requiring access to a south facing cell tower. Anyway, we’ve moved, for many reasons other than wi-fi (but that’s a whole ‘nother story) and now I actually have to tools to do this.
As a reflective person, I initially took some time to think about what would I have to write about that others might want to read. “Oh, pshaw!” I said to myself. “Who would want to read what I write?” Well, I think that I’ve come to realize that there’s a false assumption there. I figure that I’ll probably have a pretty small number of people who actually read this. Reader windows scroll by pretty quickly once you start following a few blogs, so I’ll just be rolling past most people who follow me, I’m sure. There will be a few of my colleagues who will read pretty faithfully because it’s a good idea to keep an eye on what your supervisor is thinking about. But in the end, George’s words come back. Taking the time to formally reflect on your experience and practice does force you to define your thinking and become more intentional in your practice.
So here I am hoping to clarify my thinking on mostly educational issues/concerns that I am wrestling with at the moment. As a wife and mom of three boys currently aged 3 to 13, I’m certain that I’ll be wrestling with managing my professional and personal balance. Finally, as time goes on, and I keep my commitment to post here regularly, I’m hoping that anyone who chooses to read my posts will get a picture of my educational views and will share theirs with me.
Welcome to my blog!