Wicked Decent Learning is back. Though to be fair, it never really went away. The old blog is still there over at Blogger. Episodes can still be found on iTunes. (We are working on pulling together an archive.) And Twitter @Wicked Decent is alive and well.
For now, we’re migrating from the spoken word to the written word. The podcast might return down the road, but things like multiple kids under the age of 8, teaching loads under perpetual evolution, and this gnarly improv comedy bug make keeping any sort of recording schedule tough.
There’ll be a tonal shift as well. Toward the end of the WDL recordings, our cynical cup runneth over. The atmosphere in Maine — heck, anywhere — made it awful easy to skew to the negative, to focus on everything going wrong in schools. The vein on my forehead swelled to epic proportions, my molars ground to a fine dust, and while we talked a big game, nothing really changed.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Wicked Decent Learning has to potential to be a legitimate agent for change.
We aren’t going Pollyanna here. Consolidation in Maine still creates more problems than it solves, support for teachers and funding for schools are both erratic messes, and the forecast isn’t exactly awesome. Those troubles are well documented.
We will focus on solving, creating, making, building, reforming, revolutionizing. We’ll look at how to improve thinking, learning, and understanding. Since we’re still living in Maine, we’ll continue to do so from our vantage point, our students, our experiences. And since the Internet can be all sorts of different brands of awesome, we’ll be sharing the best ideas we encounter, the most inspiring material and content, and sharing piles of our own.
To our past listeners, this might sound like the podcast in blog form. Good. It should. To new followers, we hope you find this corner of the education universe worth visiting. We’re going to have a ridiculous good time while we’re here.