My Goal in Life: (my wife, also a teacher, puts it best)
” Help others enjoy their lives as much as possible, while enjoying my own as much as possible.”
Finding the balance between helping others and helping oneself is a constant juggling of priorities. For me, teaching in an urban, low income district helps me accomplish both parts of my goal in life simultaneously.
I teach in East Newark Public School (ENPS) which is directly next to the town I grew up in and live in now. Thus, I am able to dedicate my professional career to connecting and supporting a community that helped raise and nurture me. I relate the students and the parents, because we come from the same place even though my family is European and they are South American. Also, I get to walk to work, so my carbon footprint is only the rubber from my shoes on the stroll through the rolling paths of West Hudson Park.
I love my job (even though there are days, especially in the winter, where I can’t seem to get out of bed) and pray I get tenure. The impending budget crisis of New Jersey public sector threatens to rob me of a job I love so much, so I’m being proactive. In an effort to make myself more desirable to my district, and fostering my love of teaching, I have dedicated this summer of 201o to learning technologies to add to my teaching skills. The results of my efforts to learn classroom 2.0 skills, thus far…
- I grew my professional twitter account to 170 followers
- I created this blog (700 hits world-wide to date)
- I read a number of Public Relations books on how and why to use web 2.0 for teaching
- I connected with equally passionate teachers from all over the world
- I found thousands of AMAZING new resources
- I began growing a PLN that is supporting my efforts
- I learned the basics of Spanish using Rosetta Stone
I hope you will join me as I enter my fourth year of teaching (I will get tenure if I don’t get fired before the second day of school) and offer feedback for my ideas and projects. I hope to read your blogs and learn from you as well.
The nicest part of it all: Every website I bookmark, every blog I read, every book I high-lite, every teacher I interview, every word I type now is accomplishing both parts of My Goal in Life.
Copyright © 2010 David Mach