I am a dad, and something that I have kept separate from this blog, is the teacher side of myself. Why? Because schools are cautious of crossing the lines of professional and personal online interactions, much like the Ghost Busters were afraid to cross the streams. However, in the end, it was necessary. There are other dad bloggers who are teachers, like the EduDad, but I’m thinking that i will take my own approach to looking at a man (dad) in the classroom. Not only am I a man in a profession that is held mostly women, but I am a Special Education teacher, which means that the percentage of women doing what I do is EVEN HIGHER!!!
I do understand the need for protecting the privacy of the students I interact with on a regular basis. That is why I won’t be posting pictures, or even changing the names of those involved, because that wouldn’t work very well. I mean, it wouldn’t take long to figure out who the Black Special Education Teacher near Seattle is. I mean, really! I will do my best to refrain from direct stories of something funny that happened, especially when it concerns my students. But, I will post about what it’s like being a man… struggling in a woman’s world. It will be like I was dropped off in Wonder Woman’s Amazonian kingdom, and I was allowed to write about what goes on there… kind of. So, we’ll see how this goes. We’ll see just how ambivalent and passive aggressive I can manage to be.
So, wish me luck as I get ready to venture, once again, into the estrogen-flooded jungles of middle school where hormones are raging, and the teens have hormonal changes going on too.