I'm on the road (again) this week. Mind you, it is nothing like last year when I was out of town for six weeks in a row. In fact, my former colleagues just headed to Cincinnati a couple of days ago, much as I did last year. Once I finish this current venture, my calendar is blissfully dull. Lots of work to do, but it can be done in the usual places and hours. This year, I get to enjoy my lilacs, peonies, honeysuckle, and other pleasures of home.
Wherever I roam these days, I try to take advantage of the opportunity to meet edubloggers. I have a couple from Stories from School on my assessment committee and enjoy seeing them on a regular basis. I've met Washington teacher-bloggers Jim, Ryan, and Hedgetoad in previous outings. I know Science for All from previous work (and miss running in the same circles as he). I was finally able to have some "face time" with "Mrs. Lipstick" and Jenny last November. I met Athena (who is now MIA) on a trip to Texas a few years ago. I get to chat with Hugh now and then. I briefly saw Joe in San Antonio last month. And, at ScienceOnline 2010, I met dozens of bloggers (including Washington's DigitalBio)---not necessarily of the edu variety, but important to me in other ways. If I get permission to go to ISTE in Denver in June, I hope to be part of edubloggercon and put a lot more faces with names. Edubloggers are a unique breed. It's been good to see them in different places and times...and I hope to meet many more.
It's easy in today's digital world to forget that there are real people behind these blogs. Many are teachers are on the front lines, some have administrative or policy perspective, others are students, parents, or community stakeholders. While there is no doubt that every voice is important, we have to remember that what we're really wanting to say is that every person is important. Each time I get to meet and learn from other bloggers in person, it reinforces that message for me. It is also a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of that person and his or her perspective. A blog is only a small piece of the whole.
Last night, I finally got to meet Dr. Pezz (and Mrs. Pezz, who lurks here; and a friend of the family). They graciously agreed to take some time away from their home improvement projects to share a frosty beverage and swap some stories. Good people, passionate about education, doing what they can to make their schools a good place. Does this old lady's heart good to know the kids are in good hands here.