Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A New Chapter...

A New Chapter...

There are many analogies to describe life and living.  Each one speaks to us and resonates within us in different ways.  We all have our favorite authors; Shakespeare, Lincoln, Confucius, Eminem.  They each weave with words a different take on the life we lead.  We all have our favorites...


To me, Forrest Gump's Mama said it best.  Everyday we encounter something new.  Sometimes it is hard to sink our teeth into.  Sometimes it is hard to swallow.  At times life can be bitter sweet, smooth and silky, or even a little nutty.  All we can do is make the best of today and enjoy the hope that overall, life will be pretty sweet.

The past couple of years teaching as a profession has been the chocolate covered maggot hidden in our box. We have each been challenged with finding ways to persevere and continue doing what is best for our students. For many teachers these years have been wrought with self-reflection about the direction of their life and career.  Some have changed grades, sought new schools, or left the profession altogether. This has been my existence these last several years.  I have struggled to find my place in this world. This year is no different but now I find myself with new hope.

In my new role as the technology teacher, I find myself with the exciting challenge of teaching our students how not only to use technology, but how it can enhance or lives, our learning, and how it can be used as a voice to the world. I want our students to know that they can use technology to make an impression on the world.  It is a tool that will allow anyone to see that they are the best and brightest. 

I also hope that I can use this year to help my colleagues learn new tools and how to make better use of the technology they have. This blog was an old tool of mine that I found a lot of satisfaction in creating. It is my hope that I can regularly update it again with new and useful tips, ideas, tools that can be easily incorporated into your daily teaching. Together we can raise the bar and achieve the excellence that we all know that we possess.