I know - that seems like a long writer's block.
But it wasn't really writer's block so much as losing my voice.
I left a school district 3 years ago. And in my leaving my district I felt like I lost my voice and my clout and a bit of my identity. When you have been part of a school district for more than 1/2 your lifetime it impacts you a bit.
My point of reference was the same for all those years.
And I loved it! I knew what to expect, I knew the drill, I knew it. I had moved out of the classroom 5 years earlier, and that transition changed my point of reference - but not as much as leaving the district all together.
I didn't really understand that when I moved to a new job - out of a single district - to become a Technology Consultant working with multiple districts.
I am very happy with my decision to move.
I love my job!
I love the changes that it has brought about in me and in my connection to education and technology!
But, my fingers kept stopping as I sat down to write.
The questions came faster than my thoughts.
How can I write about education and teaching and technology when I don't work directly with students?
How can I really know what is best practices for students when I swoop into a school for PD and swoop out again?
How can I understand what it is like in a classroom when I no longer have those daily responsibilities?
And the questions froze my voice.
These questions made the words disappear and my thoughts dry up. For three years.
Then I read George Couros's Blog "Blogging is your job."
And the John Dewey quote hit me hard.
I have a voice and a point of view and a need to write.
My perspective is unique to me.
I have been in education a looooong time!
I clearly remember when that first Apple 5200 arrived in my 4th grade classroom door.
And I have been using it ever since.
That means I have something to say!
So - it's time to get back to reflecting on my corner of the ed tech world!