What a crazy few weeks…. Things at home have been nuts. Tara had a trial yesterday so she was been working after the kids went to bed every night for the last week. Last night was the first night I had more that 5 continuous hours of sleep in probably 4 weeks. Thank you Claire for sleeping until 5:30! Evan didn’t climb into our bed until 6:15. I’m on my way to work now — first day this week that I’m on the train that only gets me there 30 minutes late. What’s amazing, is that this family time is so precious, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I think that without them, I would be a workaholic and about half as productive. They force me to sit back and reflect on what is important about life. Living, learning, laughing –The other morning, I at the top of the stairs carrying Claire (5 3/4 months) while putting Evan’s (2 1/2) shoes on. Evan started to do something silly and Claire started chuckling. They both kept laughing, and even though I knew I would have to run for the train if I stayed and watched that moment, I did… I want to remember those moments when I’m old.
In between all of this, I’ve had some train rides where I’ve had to stand, allowing me to do some reading — The Cluetrain Manifesto, A Whole New World — and many other articles. At work, I’ve been planning for our Summer Tablet PC Laptop program for Faculty (providing 30 faculty members with Lenovo X-41s this summer), helping my photography students to work toward their first flickr set based portfolio review, planning for Friday’s Webcast, a summer conference presentation, and trying to absorb all of the good media that I’ve been exposed to lately.
My 25% PD has been intense — maybe 35% — I re-read the first chapter of The Cluetrain Manifesto — skimmed Coming of Age yesterday — Fred forwarded me Models of Growth — Towards Fundamental Change in Learning Environments by MIT Media Lab’s co-director of the Future of Learning group, David Cavallo. George Siemen’s had an amazing post entitled Scientists and Artists: Who should design learning — that’s going to take a couple of reads to absorb:) David Warlick had a great podcast on Open Source software. Not enough time to write about all of the content, but that’s where I am right now.
What was most interesting about going back to Cluetrain, is the feeling of being so far from the reality of my every day job while reading it. They propose an almost totally open communication system. Blogs for all before a real blog was every created. This type of visionary work is amazing. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Then I get to school and I think about all of our dedicated faculty, staff, and administration who love the place, and really are doing and do a great job at it. I think about how they would react to Cluetrain and I imagine my colleagues dismissing it before they got to the second chapter. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m going to try the first chapter of Cluetrain with our new Head of School and Director of Development in the context of a conversation about our web site communications this Summer. We’ll see how that goes.