Jumping Back In

August 2, 2012 | 2 Comments

The path of life is curious.  I have been on the periphery of the edtech/elearning world for a while now.  I still visit my twitter feed several times a day, post occasionally, and think about writing, but never do it.

I have been spending a great deal of time this summer in reflection, work, and yes, a little fun with friends and family. It has been really great so far, but I want to find my educational voice again and get back into the conversation.

This morning, I was reading this post by Tara Sophia Moore.

“Can you give yourself permission to say your honest, heartfelt critiques even when you don’t have a solution to share?”

 

And while the post does mention education, it is not specifically about that. But as I read it, I felt the need, and most importantly, the intention to write.

I have been on the sidelines for personal reasons, but I was also feeling a bit tired.  And that is not my normal nature. I don’t mean physically tired, but tired in the sense that I have lost sight of the passion that lives deep within me that believes that we, as educators, can do what we do better. A belief that we are mindlessly moving through time, accepting standardization, test scores, the diminishing of the importance of the arts, fear of social media, fear of connected learning and a focus on  easily and cheaply obtained data can actually tell us something about learning just makes me tired.

I am so grateful to the voices that keep pushing for change one classroom or school at a time.  You inspire me.

I know what I need to do. I need to rev up my learning engine again, reconnect with my PLN, stay curious, be brave, and not worry about saying something important every time I write anything. Yes, I am struggling, but struggling, like everything else in life, is a wonderful teacher.

Peace and happiness to you and thanks for stopping by.



2 Comments so far

  1.    Beth on August 23, 2012 4:14 pm      

    This isn’t the most applicable to your post, and yet it is. Did you ever teach in California? Greenbrae Elementary and Kent Middle School? My maiden name is Beth Rowen. If you are the Mr. Allen I’m thinking/hoping, then please feel inspired for having completely changed and inspired the lives of so many students for so many years in so many ways. My own daughter is about to start Fourth Grade (known as the year of Mr. Allen in my house) and I am so excited for her, as I remember our fourth grade class better than many of my college classes. Mr. Allen, if you are “my” Mr. Allen, I have so much I want to share about how you’ve inspired me and made me the person I am today…

  2.    Christian LeBlanc on September 27, 2012 9:47 am      

    “standardization, test scores, the diminishing of the importance of the arts, fear of social media, fear of connected learning and a focus on easily and cheaply obtained data”

    Awful. You echo my daughter-in-law. This is in absolute contrast to my 6th-grade catechism class where I have total control of every aspect of how classtime will be used.

    On the other hand, due to factors similar to what you describe in education, I find that being an architect gets less rewarding over time.

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