I started a blog four years ago when I got my first teaching gig right out of undergrad at Penn State. I was 23 years-old. After being inspired by Dan Meyer, I wanted to blog about my experiences as a new teacher. Before actually becoming employed, writing came easily to me. And so I hoped that as I experienced all of the ups and downs of teaching, I would use blogging as an avenue to reflect on those experiences. Well, I did a bit of that for a while, but I soon realized that the job got in the way of actually reflecting on teaching.
And then I learned better.
Four years later and I’m still at it. I didn’t quit. I beat the statistic (at least for now). And I’m finally starting to get good at teaching. Like, I don’t suck anymore. So I decided to give the blogging another shot. I’ve recently started tweeting again, and in light of the new media attention on our nation’s public education system, I thought it was imperative to get this conversation started. I’m not waiting for superman. I want to have real conversations with real educators and people who are truly passionate about education.
I am also a recent addition to Penn State’s College of Education doctorate program. So now I teach half-time and take classes part-time. Yes, I’m insane. I’m interested in researching curriculum design and reform at the national level. My question is: How can we create meaningful and effective curriculum that focuses on empowering the self? My inspiration for this mainly comes from my mentor, friend, and spiritual guru, Henry Brzyki. Also, of course, my passion for teaching and learning and my commitment and unconditional love for my students.
So let’s start talking!