It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away
~ Kurt Cobain

I’ve been gone way too long from this space.

Many things have been going on in the meantime, though.

I’ve applied for and received an entrepreneurial award from Washington STEM!

I’ve applied for an AMGEN Award for Science Teaching Excellence (wish me luck!).

I’m also working on an application for a Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century GrantĀ from State of Washington.

Yes, I’ve become a bit of a grant chaser of late. I’ve just hit a point with what I’m trying to do in my classroom and my school that I feel a need to “go for it.” To me, this means securing as many resources as I can for technology-rich project based learning so that there are no excuses any more!

I guess what it really boils down to is this: I’m at a point where I am very confident with the direction my classes need to continue to take. I’m confident in the project based learning model that I’m developing. I’m confident in the value of integrating multiple content areas. Progress is being made. Now it’s make or break time.

I’m a patient person when it comes to students. However, when it comes to improving the instructional experience that those students get, I feel like I’m constantly behind the 8-ball. A day wasted in the education of child is a day that can never be recovered.

There is something else going on here too, though. I’m putting the model and my school to the test.

If I do the very best instruction that I can with the best available resources; it had better work. If it doesn’t, either the model is broken (I think High Tech High and others have proven the model thoroughly) or my school is.

If the school is broken then it’s time for me to look elsewhere before I burn out.

When it comes to education, Kurt Cobain was wrong. It’s better to move on than to burn out and give up…