A Schneider Update
I realize that I have not posted on my blog for an entire week, and that my readers might be wondering where I have been.
So, here is a brief update:
As I write, I am on a flight back to New Orleans from Maine (via Atlanta). This was my first trip to New England, and what a beautiful time of year to make the journey. The air was crisp, and the autumn colors were a delight to behold. Though my hosts apologized for weather that had taken down leaves earlier in the week, the scene remained a marvel to me, with my born-on-the-bayou self.
I traveled to Maine early Friday morning for the No Common Core Maine (NCCM) New England Fall-out Conference in York, Maine on Saturday, October 25, 2014. I spoke twice, which meant I had to prepare for two talks this past week, and such accounts for much of my absence from my blog. The NCCM conference amazed me—it was so well done. Approximately 120 individuals attended; from what I understand, this number is significant because the public in Maine has been slow to realize the implications of the nationwide, rigid, test-driven push to standardize American education.
I was one of several speakers representing a number of states (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Louisiana). We spoke on a number of issues related to Common Core. My first speech was on the history of Common Core, and my second was on Common Core as it affects pedagogy. All speakers were video recorded and will be posted to the NCCM once ready for release.
I plan to also post all sessions to my blog, as well.
I will also post the video of my talk in Indiana at Manchester University (October 2, 2014), when it is available.
I had another unusual-yet-pleasant occurrence this past week, one that also accounts for my time away from my blog.
For four nights in a row, I slept eight hours a night.
I have not done so in the almost two years since I began writing my blog and my books.
It was like a vacation in the midst of all of my busyness.
It was wonderful, and I knew I needed the sleep given how much extra work it was for me to travel to Maine to speak twice during a weekend that is part of the regular school year—and that happens also to be around the same time that I needed to get some edits finished on one of my Common Core book chapters in anticipation of proofs that will arrive any day now and require my immediate attention in order to meet the requirements for April 2015 publication.
So, as I head home (and to full time teaching tomorrow morning), I am pleased to note that I return to a house that is mostly clean and in order; the grocery shopping has been done; the laundry awaiting me is reasonable; my grading is up to date; a car maintenance issue requiring my immediate attention this week has been resolved; my exercise schedule has not been seriously disrupted, and—of premier importance—I will have time for a nap this afternoon if I so desire.
For His assistance in helping me wisely and efficiently navigate my own life, I sincerely thank God. The circus music playing in the background does not surprise Him.
Schneider is also author of the ed reform whistleblower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education