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 has taught in a large public high schools in the suburbs of the Atlanta-metro area. I was a classroom teacher for 11 years, and 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 a strong advocate that our 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. Currently, I am an instructional coach with a focus on literacy for the Academies and Career & Technical Education department for Gwinnett County Public Schools.
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 have in recent years used this same focus in other classroom spaces, including career & technical education classes. I completed my doctorate degree in English Education at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in 2017. My undergraduate and specialist degrees in English Education are both from KSU as well. My masters in Instruction, Learning, and Design is from the University of Georgia. 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!