Beginning something new is never easy and quite often it is daunting – enough to induce heart palpitations and sweaty palms. Beginning something that involves baring yourself to a world of people (no, not in a creepy and illegal way) without knowing how they will respond, or of they will respond, is further confronting. Beginning something that involves writing about your profession? Well, I don’t think a description of that anxiety is needed!
This blog has blossomed from online discussions via twitter and email with fellow teachers who are passionate about their profession – teaching. Many of these wonderfully dedicated, creative and inspiring people keep blogs in order to reflect upon their day-to-day adventures in the education sector. It is with their many informative blog posts in mind, that I have made the decision to establish my own blog.
This will be a place where I reflect on the successes, the failures, the joys and the disappointments of teaching English to years 7-12. Currently heading into my sixth year of teaching at the one school, I feel that I can learn from such reflections and that any feedback I receive will improve my teaching. The true nature of education is beginning to unravel itself in front of me via the tweets of other educators, conversations with equally enthused colleagues, attendance at conferences and reading widely in my field. The true nature of education has also begun to unravel itself in my classroom – a place I cherish, where learning is not only essential but exciting, challenging and fun. And the true nature of education is spiraling out with the relationships that have formed with the young people I havethe pleasure to guide through the journey of growing up and learning to love learning. Yep, teaching is awesome.
A secondary factor has also contributed to my decision to create this blog (despite my fears that I am writing simply for myself) – the Digital Education Revolution. Since the promise of a 1-1 learning environment for all students from years 9-12, I have found myself in a confusing wonderland of new ideas about teaching, about learning and about the progress of society and the individual within it. I often feel frightened by the challenge and threatened by what I do not know. I suppose it is this that I wish to explore on this blog as well – just what is a revolution that is forced upon an individual by a government? Can we teachers encourage others to see it not as a revolution, but as a vision of our time and not the distant future?
I am so excited about my profession right now, but I am also overwhelmed. This will be what I blog about. I hope you are kind to my words, for my words are my thoughts and my thoughts are me.