I started teaching in 1990. That’s when I parlayed my early adoption of digital publishing and Microsoft Office into an on-going adjunct “professor” role with various companies (manufacturing and technical training), community colleges, and four-year universities. The 2019-2020 school year will mark my 10th year as a full-time high school career and technical education (CTE) teacher, teaching digital publishing solutions for printing and websites. Along the way I’ve taught a few basic English and creative writing courses, a couple of micro-economics and college math courses, and an occasional technology for non-profits courses.
I’ve seen quite a bit of change in these past 30+ years. Software has come and gone, and the current one(s) continually update. For those who want to stay effectively employable in the field it’s a life-long learning curve.
A lot has changed in education, too. High school today is not like high school back in my day. How we teach and learn is different, and the students are different. Unfortunately these differences have not all been good, as is evident in the many reports on school and student performance.
These differences and poor performance reports are what prompted me to start this blog.
I don’t profess to have the answers. On the contrary, each day typically brings more and more questions. I hope that by having this dialogue and considering multiple points of view that some suggestions and practices can be shared to improve our education system.
I look forward to your comments and feedback.