Ok. So I've started a blog when I hate most of what a blog stands for. I know. It doesn't make much sense to me either. I even hate the word "Blog". Short for web log, it's lazy and doesn't accurately describe what most people are actually doing. Kudos to whoever coined it, but I hate it. Am I really just logging my thoughts for the day? Begrudgingly, I guess I can say yes, but it really feels like I'm minimalizing my intent here. I hope that I do a better job of writing than what some people would put in their diaries. If I spent the time to actually string these together, I could try to publish it, make money off of it and have a book! But for now, it's just a blog.
I'm going to try to focus on what's happening directly with me and my educational goals and experiences, but I may get sidetracked once in a while with something that I feel is worth writing about, like how I feel that the Saints deserve the punishments they are getting for Bountygate. It speaks to how rules are put in place and enforced as well as speaking to how we treat each other. Really, how can people take joy in ending another person's career? I digress. Another recent story that doesn't affect me directly, but that I still may devote some time to is the fact that Massachusetts received a waiver for No Child Left Behind (especially since I am no longer an English teacher). The main reason we received the waiver is because, for the most part, our state standards are higher than what the fed was requiring. We still have the MCAS. We still have state standards to teach to. We're still charged with providing the best education that we can to students. The story is an interesting side-note that doesn't affect me directly, but it's something I may write about.
What? You want me to give you an example of what I am going to try to write about, getting away from examples of me being sidetracked? How unreasonable! The first article I plan on writing about is how I see my role as an Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS). It's an interesting job that confuses a lot of people. When I tell people what I do, they're impressed by the title. They're also confused, since it's a fairly recent job that even if there was one in their school, they might not have ever seen him/her. I usually go with the over-simplified description of, "Instead of a teacher bringing their class down to the library and working with the librarian, they work with me if they want to use more technology. Sometimes it's in the computer lab, sometimes it's in the their room." They tend to understand that. My 5-year old's description may be just as accurate. "He teaches teachers computers." I'll try to break it down and be a little more descriptive in my article.
As with everything I do, I welcome feedback, especially the constructive kind. I'm looking forward to writing and I hope that this serves a purpose beyond me feeding my delusions of grandeur that, "This means something. This is important" (Close Encounters of the Third Kind).