Truth time: I'm disappointed in myself. I let a group of people who ultimately didn't care about me define the kind of person I was going to be. I did the one thing I tell my students not to, which was essentially give up.
In order to understand this post I think it would be most important to have some background knowledge on the situation. I used to write a blog called, "Adventures in Super Teaching" under the moniker "TeachEnEspanol." I think that I will always miss that blog because it was my first experience in sharing my ideas and getting great positive feedback. Unfortunately, one of my ex-coworkers decided that the things that I was writing as I learned about teaching in some way negatively affected them and used their poisonous stance in order to infect the mind of those around them. Instead of seeing my writing as a productive and proactive teaching and learning method, they were threatened by it and brought their complaints to the administrative level. It was at the point the I became so disheartened with the negativity that I not only left my teaching position, but I stopped writing.
Oh sure, there have been times in the past year where I've picked it back up, changing not only the blog title but my identity so that the same painful experience did not befall me again. I have decided, however, to stop running, to own up to who I am and what I'm proud of and to rejoin the fantastic community of people who have helped to make me a better teacher.
I hope that you will choose to rejoin me on my new and FINAL blog because I plan to hold up my end of the bargain and continue on in writing what I know, experience, and love so that I might be edified and that maybe, just maybe, something that I say might benefit others.
Thanks for sticking with me!