What I've Been Thinking

Yep.  Still here.  Still teaching.  Still thinking.  Still writing- just not publishing much.  A post from Brian Barry (@Nunavut_Teacher) got me thinking enough to write this post.  I came across a great quote the other day:

Writing has nothing to do with publishing. Nothing. People get totally confused about that. You write because you have to – you write because you can’t not write. The rest is show-business. I can’t state that too strongly. Just write – worry about the rest of it later, if you worry at all. What matters is what happens to you while you’re writing the story, the poem, the play. The rest is show-business.
— Peter S. Beagle

So, yeah.  It's a very busy time of year, but I'm writing and I'm thinking.  I'm thinking about being grateful that I have a job next year.  I'm thinking about gamifying education and motivation.  I'm thinking about how the last day of school is the most important day of the year.  I'm thinking about my own procrastination and reluctance to change as summer break approaches.   I'm thinking about all of the things I didn't do this year that I swore I would back in August.

I'm thinking about what defines success and failure.  I'm thinking about the state test scores that we finally go back.  I'm thinking about the student who cried in confidence when she found out she failed.  I'm thinking about the student who cried when she got a commended performance because she couldn't wait to tell her dad.

I'm thinking about all of this and I'm thinking about how I fit into it.

I'm thinking...