In the last week I've done a tremendous amount of thinking, sharing, and reflecting on my school, educational policy , and the sociology of school communities. I've gained some real perspective and can say that it's led to some incredible growth in my understanding of how education, people, and the world work. On that note, I have a ton of stuff I want to blog about. I've resisted the urge to blog every day, however, because I think putting these experiences into words as they happen leads me to different conclusions about them in the long-run. My perspectives are posted, and it's almost as if, because they're now public record, they must remain that way forever (or at least I'm less likely to reshape and remold them as new information and experiences come to light). So I'm going to do a little experimentation with my blogging, and gather my insights up, day by day, in order to make sense of them later, at which time I'll write about them. As a result, I expect to be doing a enormous amount of posting now that my break has begun. I don't want to start yet, however. The time's not right. I have SO MUCH to write about, I want to make sure I do it in a way that's as meaningful and organized as possible.
Also, it's come to my attention that it is really important that I be more careful about how many details I share about my work environment. When I began this blog, it was being read by three or four people only: myself, a co-worker or two, and my parents. I intended it merely to be a way for me to reflect openly and honestly on teaching and fulfill a desire I have to write about my thoughts and experiences. Now that it's clear that a few more people are reading, I need to be significantly more careful about what I say (especially in a city/environment as closely connected and as highly political as DC) despite my initial desire for this to be as open and as honest as possible. As a result, I've gone back and deleted/edited a number of posts I now feel are no longer appropriate for more than a few eyes.
So I have some thinking to do, and maybe/hopefully I'll be ready for all of the new perspectives I've gained to begin pouring out by Monday or Tuesday. I can say that some things have happened that have ironically recharged me and have me incredibly ready to tackle the rest of the year head on.
Right now, however, I'm going sit back and gather my thoughts while the snow pounds DC. I was supposed to catch a flight last night, but got all the way out to Dulles only for an airline representative to tell me that I never actually had a ticket reserved after I waited in line to check my bags for an hour. How is it that a person can receive a confirmation e-mail, solicit the admission of the airline agent that I did indeed book a flight, and receive a itinerary number, and still have the airline not reserve me a seat on the flight?
So I booked a flight for today, which was cancelled. And then I booked a flight for tonight, which was, of course, also cancelled. And now I have a flight for tomorrow night. Hopefully when I get home and physically remove myself from this environment, I'll be able to focus my thoughts more clearly concerning what's happened to me in the past week.
Until then, happy holidays!