Last week was back to school for a lot of people, myself included. I’m teaching grade 7/8 (roughly 12 – 14 year olds) again this year as I’ve done for about the past decade. While many people would rather dig their own eyes out with a spoon than work with kids this age, these are the kids that keep me going. There is never a dull moment and you’ve always got to be in love with the energy and the ideas they have.
This last week also means back to blogging. Blogging has been a struggle for me in the past while. Probably the past few years actually…. Serving as the mayor of my community along with teaching has kept me away from sleep enough over the past several years that I sometimes need to get reacquainted with my bed. In the next 5 weeks that will change as municipal elections come around and I have decided not to run again. There are a number of reasons involved, but one of them is my love of kids, schools, technology and education. These things are really my first passion and I want my time back to dedicate to them. After the elections on October 22nd, my life will be returning to the “normalcy” of a busy home life and teaching middle school.
In the last few years I’ve had to turn down opportunities to speak at conferences simply because being the mayor of my community has kept me too busy to do so. This year I’ve got several conferences lined up, including traveling to Portland in February for iPDX, something Darren Hudgins has been very patient with me about as he has tried to lure me out to the coast for a few years now. With the end of my time as a politician (and if you believe there is any glamour at all in municipal politics, send me an email – we’ll talk I will have more time available to return to this work as well. (If you’re interested in having me speak to your group on topics ranging from online communities, to blogging with kids, to coding in the classroom and passion based learning – let me know).
Overall, returning to blogging more is important to me. I’ve been pounding away on the keys in one space or another for close to a decade. I blogged before it was trendy. I blogged when it was trendy. I kept writing when blogging had apparently died. Now, the experts say it’s back. It doesn’t matter. This space is important for me to have. It lets me think through problems with whoever is out there. It gives me a space to share my successes, my resources and my stories about the times that I’ve fallen on my face in my classroom and learning.
Good luck if your school is beginning, thanks for being here and get in touch if you’ve got something you want to chat about. My virtual door is always open.