Okay, so a couple of my readers (i.e. half of my loyal following) have wondered what on earth they will do when I remove myself from civilization for three weeks and retreat to a remote beach in Mexico, far from suits, conferences, airplanes, and (gasp!) my computer! Well, I'll tell you what I'm going to do: not much of anything related to suits, conferences, airplanes or computers.
We're going to surf, sleep, eat, play, make music, and listen to the ancient sound of the pounding waves. We won't be showering much, but we'll be smiling plenty. Ah, the good life. [pictured are my cousin, Mike, and my son, Aspen (always training!)]
As for the rest of you, don't worry. I have a plan to keep your inquisitive and insatiable appetites for more National Teacher celebrity gossip and deeply meaningful pedagogical discussion well fed. Here's how it works:
Look back to some of the previous posts (there are now 63 of them, easily accessible from the Blog Archive on the sidebar, right) and re-read them. Then, in an effort to make this more of a discussion (say "Web 2.0") post a comment or two! I must say that Paul Bunyan and RunningGal have been the teacher’s pets in the comment arena, and a few of you have chimed in from time to time. But in the spirit of good teaching, I’m going to leave the discussion to all of you.
Perhaps my absence will be a good thing. Perhaps it will renew my hope that I’m not just spouting off into oblivion. Perhaps we’ll build a community here. It’s up to you.
I would propose the following guideline: check in just as often as you always have, but each time you visit for the next three weeks, instead of reading a new post from yours truly, read an old post or a colleagues comment and leave a new comment. (Dad, this means that there should be approximately 84 comments from you.)
You don’t have to be a blogger to comment, you don’t have to use your real name if you don’t want to (although Paul Bunyan does,) you don’t have to sign up for anything, and you can even post anonymously. There is no risk whatsoever! But the rewards are great. Think of all the brownie points you will earn.
Feel free to disagree, challenge, question, and wreak havoc while I’m gone (but keep it clean, eh? This is a family show.) I want to see some discussion, not just “you’re the best thing since sliced bread, Mike!” A couple of those are nice for brownie points, but keep it real.