How did that happen? An F in retirement, really? How about a D?
My nephews lovingly have given me a grade of F in retirement. They are right. I have not retired to their ideal retirement vision of book reading on an island! I took early retirement to spend more time with my family. However, I knew the day I walked out the door that I wasn’t finished with education, but I didn’t know what it was going to be.
I’ll tell you though that blogging wasn’t even on the list!. But 2 months ago, I decided to use blogging as a way to answer some of the questions that people ask me. It has been a challenge to learn a whole new area and I have a whole lot more to learn. However, I’m up and running and learning every day. My kind of retirement!
Folks, I’m the patient and I’m supposed to have the questions……
Education is on people’s minds. This was very apparent at my first medical appointment after retiring when the receptionist asked me why we had so many snow days, the nurse asked me about Common Core and the Doctor wanted to know my opinion on the new math Regents. People have questions about education. That’s a good thing! They want to be involved, they want to understand and perhaps with information they will be more accepting of the many changes that have occurred in the past few years. My blogging has become the way to respond to questions and share any information that I use in school presentations. My thinking…. why keep it a secret?
Thank you, Simon & Garfunkel
On a recent road trip, I was singing to the song “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel. As I sang the line “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” it occurred to me that this was exactly what I wanted my followers to do with my blog. I post 3 times a week and hope that it can be helpful to my readers, however not every post is for everyone. So, please disregard and come back to read the blog another day. La, la,la, la,la, (still singing).
Over the past 2 months of blogging I have learned that a good blogger, should have a narrow topic to recruit more followers. That makes a lot of sense; but it doesn’t work well for me right now. With 7 grandkids, teachers in my consult schools, fellow grant writers, colleagues, and friends our followers are quite diverse. Together we share a smorgasbord of entrees at our education buffet. I hope you will join us!