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.