When I started this blog a few years ago, I thought of it as a place to post “set pieces,” basically posts where I had come to a conclusion about a certain aspect of education and took a position with an detailed and refined article. But over time I’ve come to realize that this approach hasn’t worked for a couple of reasons.
First, things are changing so fast in education that I rarely feel like I’m holding on to a set position about anything. My ideas and thoughts and approaches are constantly in flux, and so I’ve rarely felt that I’ve had a strong, climactic position to articulate. I’m always adding something to an approach, or changing something as I learn more about it.
Second, the blog has felt too formal, too final, and too static for my liking. I need a place where I can post things more quickly, as they happen and as I think of them. I need a white board instead of a book, a place to help me refine ideas rather to express refined ideas.
So as the US school year draws near, I’ve decided to try a different approach this year. I’m going to attempt to post more, in a less formal way, about half ideas rather than finished ideas.
I’m also hoping to redo the design of the blog to match the less formal approach.