It’s been a year since I last posted, and honestly feel like I’m talking to an empty room that once held a handful of people. In the blogosphere, a year is a lifetime. So much has happened in that year, and while I’m not going to rehash all of it, I have to admit that I feel like a newbie again. I’ve come back several times and have fumbled around Edublogs trying to figure out where everything was and felt a sense of anxiety. This same feeling has prevented me from posting at all this year. Too many times I doubted if I had anything “useful” to say, particularly since many of my previous posts offered technology tips. I had a serious case of writer’s block, so I held off until I felt there was something worth writing about.
I’m now pivoting from solely writing tech tips to also offering teaching tips for tired and overwhelmed teachers. Additionally, I’ll document some parts of my journey at a new school (I started last year, but it still feels new) and my path towards getting my Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT)site up and running. At the time of this posting, I have absolutely nothing on there despite the fact that I’ve spent the last two weeks researching and learning how to make amazing content. However, I plan to regularly populate that site, so keep coming back!
I’ve always created material for my classes, although I’ve also done my fair share of purchasing from TpT. I finally realized that 1) I’m pretty good at knowing what should go in an activity or worksheet, 2) I’m good at knocking them out in no time, but 3) they all look fairly plain. I have no artistic skills whatsoever, however, I knew that I could at least learn the basics of good design, as well as seek the expertise of others who DO know!
Therefore, if you’ve visited this site in the past seeking educational technology ideas, you can still go back to my previous posts. I perused them today and was happy to find that they’re all still relevant. However, from this point on this site is going to take on a different purpose to best serve my colleagues and help them prevent burnout.