I’m starting this blog five plus years after I first had the idea that I should. I read a piece by a teacher-blogger who suggested that the single easiest, cheapest thing we might do to improve education would be to require all teachers to blog. The reflection required to write and share ones thoughts publicly, he hypothesized, would cause teachers to examine their practice and improve it. I wish I remembered his name so that I could give him credit (I do remember that it was a he, but that’s it).
I’m not a teacher, but I do work in education, and I’m very interested in improving my practice, whatever it may be.
I’m also starting this blog because I promised myself that I would. It was the action I committed to making at the end of the Deeper Learning conference I attended earlier this month in San Diego. There’s a self-addressed postcard sitting on someone’s desk in San Diego at High Tech High with my commitment on it. I wanted to beat the postcard. I did! (Yes, i’m one of those people motivated by competition, especially when I know I can win.)
I’m going to use this space to challenge myself to find my own voice, my own way of synthesizing and making sense of what I read and learn in my work and life. I’m happy to be undiscovered for the time being, and I aspire to feel differently some day.
Lao Tzu, I think it was, said “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” or something close to that. The banner I bought on top of Mount Fugi that is crumped in the corner of my bookshelf says “One step, one step, one more step,” or so the nice Japanese salesman told me.
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” That’s one of my favorites from my old Hurricane Island Outward Bound quote book, which is far from me at the moment (thank you Google, Goethe, and William Hutchinson Murray).
So, I begin!