I could give an excuse here about why I haven't been blogging, but the truth is I have never achieved blogging regularity and I especially wasn't motivated to do so during the summer. I continue to battle with the reality that I have nothing new to say - whenever I am inspired on a topic it seems that 5-10 people in the edublogosphere or Twitter have already discussed it and I rarely have a more original thought than theirs. I'm not sure what to do with that fact. I still plan to reflect here or journal about books, professional development, etc. My goal is to blog more as I get into the swing of a new U.S. school year.
I haven't given up on Project Based Learning. I have studied several chapters beyond where I was supposed to begin working with a group to collaborate on units. Without a group with which to collaborate, I have decided to put this project on hold until school starts and I find those colleagues. The book is excellent and I continue to encourage everyone to read it. I am also pestering my District PD people to let me lead a study because that would not only help other teachers, it would give me a network of local, real-life educators to collaborate with. This has been sadly unavailable to me, even though I have tried to persuade a few to consider it. Logistics get in our way, as I have mentioned before, as I am an elective teacher on a different schedule than the content-area teachers. In addition, I have only half of each teacher's class during any one quarter.
More soon on Disrupting Class.