Three Years. A Relief Teacher’s Blogging Journey

Well, what can I say?

Three years ago today, I was a recovering first year teacher struggling to find my voice and calling in my profession. Today, I’m in Doha, Qatar, on the eve of the 20th iEARN International Conference.

For me, blogging has been an outlet, a way to share my experiences, thoughts, and learning with others. I used to feel isolated and alone, but no more.

I used to be obsessed with statistics … could anyone actually be interested in reading about my experiences? Now, the statistics don’t matter so much … because I know.

The past three years have been a roller-coaster journey. There have been stories of heartbreak, triumph, elation, and heartfelt thanks … but I stand here today with no regrets, secure in the knowledge that I have a voice on the world stage, secure in the knowledge that I’ve giving back to this wonderful global community which has given me so much, and more.

Here’s to another three years … God knows where I’ll be, but I’m looking forward to finding out 🙂


6 responses

  1. Congratulations on your achievements only good things will come, it’s the best time to be a teacher, Michael! I’m happy to share the road.

    • As you know, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a certain person taking me through rough times … I have never forgotten where I’ve come from, and I am indebted to a number of people who’ve helped me along the way …


  2. Thing is, it’s YOU who’s weighed the options, made the choices and done the graft. Don’t feel too indebted to others!
    Enjoy the conference and don’t forget to tell us all about it 🙂

    • That is no doubt true, but I prefer to think that my accomplishments are born out of the community in which I work. The reality is I could never have done this alone.

      I know I’m not an ordinary relief teacher – but what I am, and what I will become, is shaped by the global education community.

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