I am new to blogging — although, if I’m being completely honest, I have been thinking of actually writing a blog about my musings on teaching, learning and leadership for some time now — I believe that it’s been about 12 years give or take 3 or 4. And, no, I actually do tend to move more quickly on most things that I want to do. I really prefer to dive into something, work through a process and come out at a place of completion.
Actually, as I reflect on why I have not blogged before now I have come to two main reasons why I have been procrastinating:
- Would people actually want to read what I blog about?
- There is no finish line in blogging, so it is not exactly in my comfort-zone. I like things that have a beginning, a middle and an end.
However, I have recently come to the realization that there more reasons to actually write a blog. Here are a couple of the ones I’ve been contemplating:
I’m New to Saanich
As your new Superintendent, there are undoubtedly a few questions that you might have about me, such as:
- Who am I?
- What kind of background do I bring to the role?
- What are my beliefs and priorities in education?
- What is my leadership style?
- What are my priorities when I interact with people?
- Do I have a sense of humour?
- and, even … What I do in my spare time?
Let me answer the last question first – some of my favourite activities include hiking, trail running, watching the odd Canucks game, reading historically accurate fiction, and doing my own home renovations – carpentry, dry walling, painting, a bit of electrical, and plumbing. Plumbing is probably my least favourite activity because it always leaks the first three times I try to fix something — but I’m consistently determined to finish whatever job I start.
Over time, I hope my blog is one place where I can provide some insights into the other questions as well.
There is no time like the present to jump into something that is a bit frightening.
I feel it is important to model one of the things that I believe is important in education – risk taking – sure, trying something new puts you in a particularly vulnerable position, but doing new things is what makes one grow. If I cannot show that I am willing to take risks, how can I ask our students, teachers and district leaders to do the same? By encouraging appropriate risk taking in our schools we allow our children to grow, our staff to grow — our schools to grow.
So, There It Is
I am now a blogger. I plan to write often so my content stays fresh. I encourage feedback and suggestions and perhaps most importantly, I look forward to connecting with my new community.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of the Saanich team and I look forward to sharing my ideas, my questions and and my passions as we move forward together.