I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while. Actually, I’ve been thinking of why NOT to blog for a lot longer. Topping the list were “when would I possibly find the time” and “what do I have to say that’s worth the effort?” I let go of both arguments with one realization: since I don’t have (and am unlikely to build) a huge following, huge revelations are not needed. Simple thoughts – or even questions – might be worth someone’s time every once in a while.
So here it is. If you are reading this, you probably already know me. Let me give you my education background, just in case, though. I grew up in Nigeria as the son of missionaries and was home-schooled through 10th grade. I graduated from a Christian boarding school in Jos, 10 hours from home. Under-grad in English Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, Masters from San Diego State University, National Board Certified in Middle Adolescent Language Arts. Taught 2 years of high school in Indiana, 4 in San Diego, 3 in Alabama. Since then I’ve been an administrator at all three levels (elementary, HS, MS). I am currently the principal of Rock Quarry Middle School.
I am passionate about young people. They make me weep. Frequently. Sometimes because my heart breaks for them; sometimes because they say beautiful things to me. I hope that I have the guts to retire the day after this is no longer true. Actually, I hope with all my heart that this never changes.
Here are some other things to share:
- I’ve never wanted to tell people what to do – I’d much rather equip them to do excellent work on their own. Maybe I’ll talk about being a glass tube maker at some point.
- I believe that the lines between technology and every other part of education have to be erased if we are to stay relevant in the future.
- I believe that classroom assessment is the key to excellence. I’m working to help teachers become masters of this difficult skill.
One last thing – I’m a newly connected educator. If I run afoul of any blogging etiquette, I’m probably not trying to be provocative – just green.