Serendipity35 Back To School Edition

This week teachers and students are either headed back to classes or preparing themselves mentally to be back in school. Whether it's kindergarten or graduate school, there is something about the back-to-school season that gives me a strange combination of excitement and dread.

Part of the excitement comes from that optimism I have always felt because it is a fresh start, a new chance to do it right. In earlier days, it meant shopping for school clothing, new notebooks and supplies. For the past few decades it has meant preparing lessons, syllabi, and assignments. And for the past five years, it has also meant making podcasts, uploading to Moodle or Blackboard and checking email and discussion posts.

And part of the dread, comes from the thought that this year will be no different from the others and things will still go wrong.

We live in the middle.

This week I will try to post on topics to kick off the new year. Some optimism, a touch of dread, some resources and maybe something new to try out in the classroom.

Serendipity35 lost a good number of readers this past summer from our server and URL change and from the normal attrition caused by educators who really do take the summer off. (I imagine lots of inboxes and department mailboxes overflowing.) Thanks for dropping by the site - I hope you'll follow us through the year.


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