This is my very first blog post. I have thought about blogging many times over the years, but I had a constant niggling that I had nothing to say. This strikes me as funny, because I never lack for things to say when having coffee or dinner or drinks with friends! I love to discuss a large variety of topics and have often thought to myself, “I should start a blog about….” – here’s where you fill in the blank with: teaching and learning, the state of American public education, socio-economics and social mobility in the U.S., dominant culture beliefs and facing the myth of the American Dream, single parenthood, mothering/parenting, caring for your inner self, and the list goes on.
Today I am posting as a seasoned educator who would like to connect further and deeper with other educators and community members. In Tanzania I have been a community educator with a local non-profit working to raise awareness about child mobility and homelessness as well as a classroom teacher at an international school. In the U.S. I have been a classroom teacher at an immersion elementary school, an instructor for pre-service teachers, researcher in a variety of areas, and an independent consultant working with people and organizations to research and improve their practices in education. I recently completed my PhD in education and am looking to change direction and embrace more fully the monitoring and evaluation of educational research and projects, as well as set up a non-profit that focuses on education for sustainability. We will conduct research on current best practices in nature and project based learning. Through this research we will decide what comes next. We may open a school ourselves, or support already existing schools and programs through professional development and capacity building. Or we may build programs that support and enhance what schools are already doing through camps, after school programs and weekend intensives.
With my present situation in flux, developing and growing into something new I would like to use my first blogging experience to be about documenting this process. I think I will learn a lot from writing down the stages of growth, and perhaps someone else who is in a similar situation will connect and we can learn from each other.