SMS principal Mike Herdliska would probably freely admit that I nagged him about blogging for a couple of years before he took the challenge seriously.
I hope you have been following his writing journey from the beginning of the school year until now, as it is testament to the power of reflection and communication.
When you taking blogging seriously, you start making connections everywhere, from the walk down the 5th grade hallway to the treacherous, icy trip home after saying farewell to a beloved grandparent. You begin writing in your head, piecing together disparate thoughts that will ultimately relate to a point you feel compelled to share.
I have seen this happen as Mr Herdliska's writing has evolved from fairly straight forward news reporting to a deep and moving essay on life, death and yes, the Iowa Core.
It isn't easy to put yourself and your thoughts out into the ether for all to read and comment on, but what we ask of our students isn't easy either. I want to thank Mr Herdliska for showing us all that it is definitely worth taking that chance.