Here I am, a teacher, getting close to retirement, consumed by a need to continue to make a difference in the lives of children, and realizing how very opinionated I have become about a plethora of topics, especially about education, politics, and diversity. So how do I reconcile these variations on a theme that encompass who I am and what I care about?
A friend and colleague of mine, Larry, has encouraged me to delve into a new endeavor for me: the world of the blog. Three short years ago I had no idea what the term “blog” even meant. Sure, I had an idea, but I didn’t understand the power a blog can have. Then I started reading Jersey Jazzman, and Diane Ravitch, and Larry Zuares… and it dawned on me – a blog might have power for me, too.
I don’t know how often I’ll post, but I expect I’ll start off posting way too often, then swing that pendulum to far to few, and sometime around the time I’m ready to retire I’ll find that sweet spot. There are just so many ideas and issues I want to talk about:
- why education has become a punching bag for some politicians
- how we can be more engaging, understanding, and inspiring teachers
- what in the world is happening on this ever-changing, chaotic stage of world politics
- protecting our freedoms
- what we can do to inspire kids to be lifelong lovers of reading, learning, caring, sharing… being.
- when is sharing our opinions important and when is it manipulative or invasive?
The list goes on and changes daily.
So I hope that in your very busy, information-saturated day, you might decide to stop on by and read some of my ideas on “One Educator’s Take.”