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Tag Line Refresh

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Hello Blog.  I’m back, for awhile at least. I had to drop out of a lot of things for the last while.  I’ve been battling adversity – pain, fear, health, time, strength, distance, worry…  I’ve thought about you here and there with snippets of posts that I had composed in my head.  But our life journey has changed and blogging has become a luxury for me now. Cancer in the family changes everything, but we’re in remission now and normalcy is required again.  So, it’s good to see you again Blog.

As I’m sure my vast readership can attest, when ‘life happens’ it’s usually a cause for reflection. And as I have returned to my dusty blog, I looked at my tagline and realized that it was in need of an update.  While ‘people’ and ‘priorities’ have always been the main drivers of what I do both at home and work, it was naive of me not to outrightly state them.  But really, I never thought of it because I was in a pretty good place and maybe just a bit complacent.

One of the legacies of recent months is that I have become more overt in recognizing and supporting the people in my world.   I watched my husband fight the battle of his life – literally.  I watched my three boys be towers of strength and acutely vulnerable in the blink of an eye. I watched my mom put her own life on hold to come  to our house each week to just keep us going.  (And dad bach’ed it! Yay take out!)  And I watched our family and friends look at us with sympathy and pain in their eyes offering their best wishes and support. So in the immediate face of that simultaneous distress and resiliency, I have become more deeply aware of the importance of devoting energy to what is truly important and that the people in your world.

It’s interesting how this has translated into my work role.  I’ve changed jobs and am doing more work with kids and families in crisis.  (More on that in a different post.) I’m finding that I am far more direct with parents, and sometimes colleagues, than I was before. People don’t have time to be wrapped up in their pride or put their heads in the sand when kids are involved.  I’m more assertive with parents in helping them realize the realities of their child’s emotional crisis. I’m not afraid to tell an administrator that they must spend some money on assessment or consultant services for a student.  And even tougher is to say directly to a parent that they need to be a healthy mom/dad if they want to raise a healthy son/daughter. There’s no time to fool around because you don’t know how much time you have and you don’t really know the damage done.

So my tagline needed a refresh.  I’m feeling a little refreshed.  You can be sure that the view of the people and priorities in my life has been refreshed and that things just aren’t quite the way they used to be.  It’s much more about family and memories now. We’re still negotiating our new normal.  And normal is good.

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I’m Finally Here!

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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!