I have been absent for the past few months due to an unexpected change in my life that has taken me some time to get used to. These events have caused me to rethink what to do next in my life, to begin a search for something I felt would be meaningful, challenging, and full of hope. So I have changed the look of my blog, added a new header, a picture of sunrise over Lake Ontario from the back of our camper just this week. Fitting for what I believe to be a new beginning for me.
The circumstances of the past couple of months have pushed me to examine what I wanted to do for some time, but the uncertainty of change held me back. The elimination of my position at the end of the school year allowed me, forced me, to truly think about what I wanted to do next in my life, what I believed in, was interested in, and thought was important. I believe strongly in public education, in enabling students to be architects of their own learning, and helping those who are charged with “teaching” students to understand why some things we do in the classroom needs to shift directions. I want my grandchildren to have a different educational experience than I did, different from the education my children received. I am happy to say I have found something, which I feel, will fulfill these hopes.
I am working with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson in Powerful Learning Practice helping to shape the development of international communities of teachers participating in cohorts for a year of their own learning. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn with so many and I hope anyone who is interested will join me here on my journey as I share my thoughts and experiences along the way.