Thoughts, links & ideas from the 2008 National Teacher of the Year

Each time I've taken off in a plane since May (which is a lot), I've been writing in my journal, then adding these journal entries on this blog.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Was It Worth It?

Redmond, OR


As we were hiking yesterday, a good friend of mine asked me about the pros and cons of this past year.  “Overall, was it worth it?”


My answer:  “I’m not sure.”


It has been a year of ups and downs, of incredible opportunities and tremendous pain.  It has led to personal growth, and hopefully some good in the world of education.  But it has taken it’s toll on me, and especially my family.


Has it been worth it?  I’m not sure yet.  Perhaps time will tell.  Or perhaps that’s not a question that can adequately be answered.




  1. You are advocating for all the right things. I can imagine that your journey has been a sacrifice, but your children, my children, and America's children will be better off because you fought, and continue to fight for them.

    When you get a chance check out the video my students and I made today.

  2. Eventually we'll answer that with a resounding yes. Now? Yes. But a tired yes. I imagine this year is a little like childbirth - you remember the joy and elation, but forget the pain and sleepless nights. Is it worth it? Absolutely.


Feel free to question, disagree, challenge, or make suggestions! I'm a big boy. I can take it.