Hello World! (…again)

Well, it turns out that starting a blog during grad school wasn’t the best idea ever…

Not my best decision.
Fresh out of grad school since 2015, I’ve been teaching and trying to perfect the craft ever since. I’m far from there, but I have time on my side (let’s hope). Since then, this will also be my second go-around at starting a blog (website, journal, etc).
I’ve put this off for far too long. And if you’re anything like I am, I hardly find time to read blogs, let alone write one myself! Well, I suppose the worst thing that could happen here is infrequent posts and outdated information…
You deserve better.
What’s the old adage? “You reap what you sow”? Well, let’s find out if we can cultivate something good together! (or, however you want to continue this weird analogy)
Wait, we? Just how serious is this relationship, exactly?
Really, what’s the point of all this? I definitely don’t want to waste your time here. Is this an opportunity to flame my ego, and watch as my WordPress empire blossoms? Definitely not. I already know that “dog gone it, people like me!”
We are living in a transformative time in education today. Our world is changing, and so are its classrooms. Heck, even the very concept of a ‘classroom’ is changing. Besides my occasional rants and raves during the school year (and yes, there will be those), I’ve grown up as a learner. Coincidently, it’s helped out my teaching, too (go figure…). In light of this, I’m ready for a bigger sounding board. That’s where you come in.

teachforthought plans to accomplish a few things here:

1. To create a community of shared ideas.
As a teacher, I have been striving to find that community of fervent believers that is willing to take risks and get messy. Where my Ms. Frizzles at? I hope that someone is you. And if not, at least you’ll occasionally get cute pictures of my dog, Dallas. 
2. To provide up-to-date info on education today.
As much as my grad program put me through the ringer in 2015, nothing quite prepared me for how rapidly education is shifting. The thing I noticed from other educators is that this shift is happening at a different rate for everyone. Some people are choosing to let it past them (and their students) by. And that’s just it- being alone in the education field is now a choice. How many opportunities do we have in this field now to keep us from isolation? For what my two cents are worth, I’d love to talk about education, from the minutia to the executive orders.

3. To share my personal learning and teaching journey.
Believe it or not, a lot has changed for me since I graduated in 2015. I love trying new things, and often make cases to challenge ‘research-based’ platitudes. Every decision I make begs the question: “Does this encourage compliance or empowerment?” All that to say, my classroom doesn’t look like a scene from Kindergarten Cop. I’m not against research-based pedagogy either (my undergrad was in sociology, after-all). Best practices, of course, are a good place to start. But that’s all it is- a starting point. The case for tradition and routine doesn’t have a place here. Let’s leave complacency somewhere else.

So together, let’s see how far we can take this!
Let’s do this!
Remember, this place wouldn’t be anything without you (other than a hip and trendy diary). Spread the love and share this with another change-agent! Let’s change the world, one classroom at a time.

In great teaching,

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