I’m Not a Dog.

You can’t teach and old dog new tricks.

That’s the saying.  Well, I am not old nor a dog.  So I guess that means it isn’t too late for me to learn some new tricks.  For those of you that don’t know, I’ve been given a tremendous opportunity at my school for the following school year.  I will be bringing back our TV Production program and adding to it some coding classes.  I’m not entirely sure what this is going to look like.  Nor do I know yet what type of resources I am going to have.  What I do know is that I am so excited that I am having trouble sleeping with all the thoughts and ideas running through my head of how totally awesome (yes, child of the 80’s) this might become.

What I also know is that I am so nervous that I am having trouble sleeping with all the thoughts running through my head of how totally not awesome (???) this might become.  I have to study for the State Certification Exam for this subject area.  I have a lot of support from family, friends, co-workers, administration and most importantly students.  It is this last group that I am most worried about letting down.  These kids are so excited.


I haven’t coded anything for a few years.  I have never studied javascript or any other web based language.  I need help that much is clear.  I need a teacher.  Just so happens, I have just such a person in my life, actually in my classroom.  One of my students has been programming for a few years now in javascript.  He has agreed to stay after school and tutor ME.  He has even enjoyed giving me homework.  I love it.

This turn of events is only possible because of my amazing PLN.  I have reached out on Twitter to some “totally awesome” (valley girl style) educators.  Our weekly chats have encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.  To have the courage to admit to my student that he knew more than me was not difficult.  You see, my PLN and I have been reaching out to students to seek their input.  They have been the example.

I am stepping out of my comfort zone within my PLN as well.  Since October, I have been co-moderating the Florida Educators’ Chat (#FLedChat) with Dennis Dill (@DennisDill).  He has guided me out of my shell.  (I know, those that know me personally wonder where the shell was hiding.  Trust me, when it comes to the electronic realm, I am just as shy and nervous as anyone else.)  We have become friends.  His faith and trust in me has been invaluable.  I can’t even begin to describe how much his support has helped me grow.

Now, thanks to #FLedChat, I am a part of a national group of educators that all host Educational Chats within their own states.  I have volunteered to host the Google Hang Outs on Air every Friday at 8:30pm est.  This past Friday was the first GHOA.  It was miserable.  There were only two of us.  I kept messing up the invitation.  (Well really what happened was that I wasn’t patient.  I expected immediate responses — just like our students.)  A wonderful moderator from Indiana, Michelle Green (@mrg_3),  stuck with me until I could get things sort of up and running.  We had a great conversation.  She was very patient and understanding.

I think I have the GHOA figured out.  I’ve created a new invitation.  I hope I get it right this week.  I am certain of one thing.  This is an awesome group of educators.  I can’t wait to see what we accomplish for our students now that we have come together.


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