Why Not

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.


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2 responses to “Why Not

  1. Sherri Shuttlesworth

    Keep blogging! You don’t realize the impact you have on other! Great first blog!

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