When I started this blog in 2013 I wrote about education because it was first and foremost on my mind. There were so many changes going on, I felt compelled to add my voice to the mix.
Just so we are clear, I teach in an urban middle school, with real children. Children who are hungry, snarky, loving, angry, amazing, strange, wonderful, happy, feisty, and very, very real. Frankly, we don’t have the time or interest to pretend that we are anything but real. Some days, we learn a lot. Some days we don’t, and there is no shame in that. Just like in any industry, or business, or creative endeavor, sometimes you approach something new with a perfect plan only to realize when you are in the middle of the stream that your waders have a hole in them and you are hip deep in some very cold water. It was standing in that metaphorical cold water in 2013 that made me realize that it was time to stop standing there alone where I could, conceivably, get ‘frozen out’ and reach out to a broader audience to see if I could get myself back on solid ground. I realized I was tired of hashing over the same issues with the same people or talking about the opinions of so-called experts over and over again when I knew they were no experts at all.
After a few years, I realized my voice wasn’t being heard and my blog sat for a while. I would start it up from time to time, but then I’d get frustrated again and stop writing. Then my world fell apart. I lost my home when the housing market crashed; I became ill and had to take time off work, and I changed jobs twice, all in the space of two years. It made me realize my blog didn’t just have to focus on one part of my life, my job, but should also give me the freedom to stop and think about bigger topics and larger concepts. So I brought the blog back to life and started writing again and I’ve been writing ever since. Now I hope you take some time to stop and think with me.