This year I reached one of those aging milestones that give one pause. It also happened that I was moving from Hawai'i, where I had lived and worked for two years, back to the mainland -- Fort Worth, Texas, to be exact. Lots to think about. How did I feel at this stage of my life? Was I still having fun? What would my next step be? How would this move affect me? What did I want to do with the rest of my life? That sort of thing.
The result of all that thinking is this blog, a new career path as an educational consultant, and an ongoing commitment to connecting with educators globally and educating for the future. I hope to collaborate with schools and educators to design professional development programs, to re-invent schools and their curricula, and to coach faculty and students as architects of their own learning. Maybe I'll start the young adult novel that has been kicking around in my head. I may resurrect an old dream of collaborating with a dear friend to put together some creativity workshops and retreats. Fundamentally, I plan to keep on learning -- and sharing what I learn with anyone else who wants to join the party.
Once I attended a "conversation" about game-hacking at Educon, which is a terrific conference sponsored by the Science Leadership Academy. The student-facilitator welcomed us into his classroom with the comment, "Hi, my name is Zach, and this is where I learn." I'd like to use this blog as my open learning space, to share with readers and learners who want to learn with me. I hope you feel as welcome as I did.