This year I will be enjoying my 13th year as a History teacher. My journey has been interesting, to say the least. It will also be my first as an active blogger, and as a connected educator; I am excited to be a novice blogger, and a little bit nervous, as well. One of my concerns is that I get really busy during the school year. I'm struggling with how I can keep up with my day-to-day lesson plans, grading, meetings, phone calls, sport practice, AND now add to that list, blogging. I have great empathy, and a great respect for all those first year teachers who are also blogging, but also some envy. I can only imagine how much more manageable my teacher life would have been if I had been connected in my first year! There's such a great community of educators sharing fantastic resources and ideas. I hope this community can continue to grow and become more like the norm rather than the exception.