This Blog’s Purpose

“Not all who wander are lost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien

One of my favorite quotes, this embodies some of my philosophy as an educator.  I find myself continually searching for new ways (new, at least to me) to improve the experiences of our students.  I changed the word “wander” to “wonder” for this blog because there are all kinds of things I am continually wondering about.  Things such as classroom management, content topics, effective teaching techniques, the teenage psyche, and how to get students to bring back my ransomed hall pass!

I have been pondering how to share my ideas and experiences on education with my friends/colleagues and how to get their ideas and experiences in return.  Even though we are scattered all over the map, there is no reason in this age of technology why we can’t continue where we left off or go to places we haven’t yet been.  I often learn a great deal through writing and discourse.  This is the vehicle I’ve come up with to do just that and to broaden my horizons.

I invite you to comment on any of the ideas in this blog.  If you agree/disagree with me or other contributors, have questions to ask, or your own ideas/opinions to share, please add them.  I value your thoughts.  All I ask is that you do it “respectfully” (isn’t that a word some of us have discussed with our students a lot?).  Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.