This past month has been one of contemplation. In the heart of rushing to meet a deadline, I was also looking to the future, at what happens after I finish. It's looking less & less likely that I will have a position at any level, high school or college. It's just the market is right now. I get it.
As a result, I intend to "close" this blog. I won't delete it completely, as I think it's still a source for other teachers out there. I get a lot of hits on my poetry songs, symbolism, and mock trial entries, so I want to leave those for people who might find them useful. I had hopes for this blog: connecting with other teachers, cataloging favorite lessons for myself or colleagues, brainstorming learning activities...and I think I could have kept it up if I had remained in a classroom. Outside of it, I just lost the motivation to keep posting, even though I had a (short) backlog of possible lessons to include. I still consider myself "a teacher" and may be able to get back into the classroom one day. But life is going in a different direction right now.
I guess it's like a casual friendship -- it was good for the time, but it couldn't last forever. Blogger and I have gone separate ways. For other personal reasons, I will also limit my online presence in general, reading fewer (if any) blogs. It's been a treat to get to know other teachers with great stories and experiences to learn from. But the time has come.
Keep it real.