Blogging about my school experience is new to me and I’m enjoying the process. I began blogging a few years ago. At that time I blogged to help find my “center,” to quieten myself, to recharge. As I thought about blogging at that time I was reading poetry. I ran across this stanza in T.S. Eliot‘s work, The Four Quartets:
I said to my soul, be still … So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing; Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning – The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry, The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy …
The stanza resonated with me at the time, and the name of my blog was identified. It is in stillness that my soul finds delight. I am an introvert … not just shy … but I am energized by being alone, finding time for personal quiet, dabbling in creative expressions.
And yet, I love teaching! In fact, after being in administration for 12 years, I am choosing to go back into the classroom. I enjoyed the work of a principal but I missed the interaction with students. I am a bit apprehensive – feel like a “new” teacher even though I have been an educator for 30 years.
I know I’ll have to work at creating stillness and quiet in my life. Blogging again provides an avenue for reflective exercise.
Interestingly enough, I’m finding blogging to be a different experience this time around. Not only is it a reflective exercise, but it is both creative and social. Reading and interacting on other math teachers’ blogs has been quite fun … and certainly helpful!