Confession time: I have always hated journaling. I would attend some great workshop, or talk to some fantastic writer and be convinced of the joys and benefits of journaling regularly. I’d open up a cute new notebook, determined to make it work this time. And I’d quickly lose that drive. It always seemed tedious and forced. I could sit and read a good book for eight hours straight, but other than that, I am not a sit still kind of person. I’m doing well to keep my kids’ photo albums up to date (and by that, I mean at least current within the last six months).
Then a few of years ago I attended the NCTE national conference in Chicago. One of the best conferences I’ve ever been to (and, remember, I have never been an English teacher – still phenomenal!). I came home determined and committed to more reflective practice. And this blog was born. I like it so much better than a cute new notebook. It’s easier, faster, and much more likely for me to maintain. It has, however, morphed from what I had originally intended. My previous school system went 1:1 with iPads for our 5-12 grades in 2013. Being the curriculum director at the time (and seeing as how technology and instruction must be a seamless blend), I was chosen as one of those to spearhead this initiative. It was mostly wonderful. I am a tech geek convert.
As I was thinking through how to continue the professional development I began with the teachers for the move to 1:1, my blog seemed like a natural fit for one component. So, I committed to blogging each week on digital resources. I had fun discovering new things, or looking at old resources in a new way, and I got to share them with other educators.
Since moving on from that position, I find myself blogging more about leadership and other areas of education (which really was what it was supposed to be in the beginning – writing about things that inspired me).
And while you still won’t catch me journaling in a notebook, I’m enjoying discovering my inner-blogger. I like to write in the same way I would converse with someone in person. So, thanks for stopping by, and I’d love to connect.
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