Not sure where to really share this out since I don’t really do Facebook, Twitter is too short and Google+ and I have are taking a break from each other.
So, I’ll use this blog of mine which I am trying to resurrect.
and… here it is… “I am no longer a teacher.”
Well, not really. Let me try that again… “I am no longer a classroom teacher.”
I think I will always be a teacher, but I have taken a job at the Rocklin district office as a “Technology Teacher on Special Assignment”
[BTW, What started as a relatively short post about my change in a job got me to waxing poetically so please don’t feel like you have to read on. But if you do, I want to make sure I gave you ample warning that I do go on a bit!]
This is the first time since 1997 that I have not had a class of my own to come back to in the fall. I talked with my wife and daughters about this and they are very supportive of this choice. The girls love that I teach at Rocklin high and feel that I am part of something great but understand circumstances which I found myself in. Andrea is the one who goes through my writing to proof my words and check for the correct placement of commas: oh you trick commas!
I do not take this change lightly and have thought about this for a long time. I feel that my classroom is a place where I thrive. I have a passion for public education, social studies and seeing learning in the eyes of students. And the school which I have been fortunate to be at since 2001, Rocklin High, is a fantastic place filled with incredible students and staff; a staff which has been my second family for 14 years.
So then, why on earth am I leaving?
Well, I’ve been doing more and more trainings and professional development workshops both within my district and beyond and I find that work very rewarding and inspiring. As teachers we thrive when we get those “ah ha” moments with our students. I have found that same excitement when I see that reaction on the faces of educators. Having teachers and administrators share back with you about lessons and connections that they have made because of something you shared is pretty incredible. And now my district is moving forward with rolling out new technologies to all K-12 schools and to support that with a new hire of a Tech TOSA; and well… I got the job.
So here I am in the summer with no classroom to go back to, no curriculum to think to about, and no thoughts about “my” incoming students.
But I am thinking; thinking about how to help all the teachers, principals, librarians, coaches, counselors, and support staff and I kind of don’t know where to really begin! Many of my friends in the Ed Tech community have been great resources for me already and I would appreciate anyone else out there who can offer any advice to send it my way.
I am finishing this blog post somewhere over the US as myself and a team of others from RUSD are returning from a Schoology conference. I guess you could call this my first days as a TOSA while I was out here. I’m excited about trying help all the schools and staff get use the Learning Management System to reach and connect with their users in so many new ways.
Lastly, to all my friends and fellow educators at Rocklin High, I would like to say thank you for all the incredible moments I have had the pleasure to share with you over the years.
We often say that Rocklin High is a special place. Well, as I think about this change for me I am thinking about the place itself. Because it is the places, those spaces, which is where those memories happened. Here are some of the memories I will have of these places.
I’ve discussed the people I have worked with but one of the hardest decisions is about the people I won’t get to meet. Those students whom I won’t be able to call myself their teacher. The working with the kids is THE reason why I think we all do this job. To my colleagues who’ve made the jump to leave the classroom, they all mention this as the hardest part of their decision. Like so many of us, I take such pride in the craft that is teaching. I love the moments when I get to be in front of the class like a stand-up comic: I need to be funny, but not let the hecklers take away from the show; I need to tell stories and keep them engaged, but have them feel like this is fresh; and lastly I need to create moments that will stick with them. Hopefully these moments can be something truly important like how to express an argument or understand how the past shapes the world around them. Oh, by the way… I really love teaching social studies.
My wife and I made the move out here in 2001 from Reno. To me this was a town where I knew no one, but was ready for a change. There were forces pushing me out of Reno and looking for new beginnings. We had our first daughter and my wife and just finished grad school. We needed family support in raising our daughter and my wife’s family was in Loomis. I had experienced the passing of my brother in 2000 and as I look back at where I was, I needed a change. Rocklin was the answer. I found a home for my family, a school district where my wife and I could work, great schools for my two daughters to attend, friends who are like family and a sense of purpose.
So, thank you Rocklin for allowing me to try my hand at a new purpose. Here I come!