Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I started this blog as part of my PLP year 2 passion based learning project, to share out my findings. I was actively pursuing an action research project on 1:1 computing through the use of iPod Touches. We were pioneers in this area, the iPads weren't out yet and very few schools were utilizing the touches in the classroom. As we ventured on this journey, paving the way through what felt like the thickest rain forest you could ever hike, I felt like for the sake of transparency (for our parent community) and helping our fellow 21st century pioneers, we had to share our findings. This seemed like the best way to get the word out. And it was.
I landed on the name Emergent Lucidity because that's exactly how I was feeling. Have you ever felt like at one moment, you can't see beyond your nose...it's cloudy, there's no direction, and no clear path? Then the next moment, it's clear as a bell, you can see the path you are on and the understanding of where to head next is evident. Then it's gone again.
Like all things, my blog transitioned to reflections as an administrator. A way for the parents in my building, and also my fellow PLCers to gain insights as to what was happening in my world and offer great feedback/thought provoking questions. It's sad, the last post I created was about leaving my role as an admisitrator.
The blogging assignment has come at a perfect time. It's causing me to reflect on my blog space and how I see myself moving forward. In my new role at the Strive Partnership, there are some really exciting things happening that are causing me to reflect deeply on the importance of education reform, especially in an urban setting. Some days, it's all very clear...some days it's so cloudy I can't even see what I'm working on...Emergent Lucidty at it's finest. Time to start blogging again.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
It is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye to Sherwood. Sherwood is an amazing school, filled with some of the best teachers that I have ever worked with in education. The leadership of this building is outstanding, which continues to foster the growth of our teachers and your children. Your children are absolutely incredible and only grow stronger with your support. This is what drew me to Sherwood and is what makes it so hard to say goodbye.
I value all of these things, tremendously, which only made my decision that much tougher. I have been offered an exciting opportunity to work with Strive Together Partnership, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, as the Director of In School Support. I have wanted to utilize my education background to give back to the city of Cincinnati, especially in the area of urban education. In this role, I will have the opportunity to impact education on a much larger scale which will help impact academic success in urban education, ultimately assisting in breaking the cycle of poverty that our inner city students face.
So, the end of this school year is quite bittersweet. Sherwood has had a huge impact on who I am as an educator, as well as a person. It has been truly a blessing to be a part of such a great community. As much as I hate to say goodbye, it’s time for me to turn the page and begin the next chapter in my life. Thank you so much for your support. I will miss Sherwood very much.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
So, you may have seen Your Three Words on ABC Good Morning America. These three words help to express your thoughts, your feelings, your sadness or joy. They can be a celebration of a special event, or a thought on everyday life. It's amazing how much you can express in just 3 words. We have a teacher at Sherwood who has incorporated this into their classroom and the kids have really gotten creative in sharing their 3 words.