The Art of Forgetting is a blog dedicated collaborative teaching and learning and innovative instructional practices mostly through the lens of my own teaching experiences. I invite colleagues and educator friends to post sometimes to bring a bigger perspective to my mission to drive collaboration, innovation, and transformation in the current classroom. The name of the blog comes from a poem I wrote as senior in high school, but it also reminds me there is an art to letting go of past mistakes and moving forward in this ever evolving profession.
I am an educator who teaches in a large public high school in the suburbs of the Atlanta-metro area. I have not been teaching long (on year 11 now), but I have experienced the mixed ups and downs of teaching in a public school system that many feel is failing our nation’s children. I am strong advocate that that public school systems are not failing in the sense the media would often have us all feel it is. Rather, we are at the crux of one of the most innovative times in American education’s history. Our struggles have more to do with our shifting demographics and our rabidly changing economy.
My expertise, if you want to call it that, is focused in teaching English language arts, using project-based learning (PBL), and identity and care ethics research. I completed my doctorate degree in English Education at Kennesaw State University in 2017. I’m currently in the thick of wading into the waters of building an academy and PBL model for an entire school. The challenges are profound, but I am proud of the innovative work me and my colleagues are doing in our schoolhouse. To be perfectly honest, I love my job, and I know not many people can say that. It is because of this passion I have for my occupation that I have started this blog.
I sincerely hope you enjoy what you read, or at least use it to spark interesting discussion, debate, or both. Cheers!