Sunday, February 17, 2013

Why So Quiet on the Blogging Front?

You may have noticed the book recommendation posts have been sparse since 2013 started. That doesn't mean I haven't been reading, and it doesn't mean I haven't been reading good books, but there's something else major going on that is taking my time I would normally spend on writing blog posts.
I am currently pursuing National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English/Language Arts. It is something I have thought about for a few years, and due to numerous circumstances, last fall it became apparent that it was time to do it. Luckily, I have some fantastic supporters in my local and virtual community, so I know I can do this; however, it is not a quick and easy process at all. Nor should it be. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has thoughtful and thorough standards, and the process of pursuing certification is rigorous, arduous, and intense. When I get though it, there is no doubt in my mind that the reflection, analysis, and introspection I have done will have improved my practice, whether I certify on the first try or not.

This all brings me to why the blog has been quiet. My time is devoted to teaching and analyzing my teaching and watching my teaching and reflecting on my teaching and writing about my teaching...all while still actively teaching. None of that leaves much time left for blogging about books. I'm reading books. I'm sharing books. I'm talking books. I'm tweeting about books. I'm recommending books to students and teachers and friends. I will be back blogging books soon...but likely very sporadically until I finish my National Board Certification Portfolio. This process will take me until mid-April, so if you don't see me here often, find me on twitter or goodreads, and know that I will be back to recommending books here as soon as I can.

Thanks for visiting! See you soon!


  1. I just became your newest follower! I'm glad it isn't just me who feels the need to apologize for gaps in blogging. People don't realize how much time it takes, especially if you're a teacher as well. Feel free to swing by my site at to see what a fellow educator is up to.

  2. Jillian, so incredibly proud of you! You're awesome. I know what you're doing is hard work, but I have no doubt it'll pay off for you! Your students are truly fortunate to be the recipients of your passion. :D

  3. Wishing you the absolute best of luck Jillian--your students are lucky to have you!