Who Am I?

Welcome to Blogush, my home on the internet.  I am Paul Bogush, not Paul Blogush, and as of the 2016 school year I am a middle school makerpsace teacher at Dag Middle School in Wallingford, CT.   Before that, I was a social studies teacher for 26 years.  25 years in 8th grade, and 1 year at an alternative highs school. I want my kids to achieve things that they did not know were previously possible in a classroom that is a safe place for them to be themselves.  I realize that kids will be who I am, and not who I want them to be, and so together we will imagine, create, innovate, be kind, be gentle, and smile. I believe that we can put a dent in this world and make it better.  And that is what we will do.

You can also find me at http://twitter.com/paulbogush and at paulbogush1@gmail.com or just google me!

But maybe the best answer to Who Am I? comes from one of my students which can be found right here

I am looking forward to my new role as the the lead maker in a makerspace that encourages kids to wonder and become radically curious and make things that they thought were previously impossible. The time they spend in the middle school maker space will prepare them for their future high school capstone project…and for tomorrow. Kids do not want to be taught, they want to be inspired by someone they would want to be more like, not someone who tells who they should be. As lead maker it is my job to not just plan and teach, but to learn with them and share what I produce along side them. I am not just their makerspace teacher, but someone who models tinkering, play, and explores new ideas that have no borders. Someone who makes, creates, hacks, dreams, inspires, and most importantly, when the world tells them to give up on creating their dream, someone who will lean in and whisper “try it one more time.” Their time in the makerspace will give them an experience from which they will use to build what they will become and what they believe is possible.

There are two paths to success, being like everyone else or being like no one else. Guess which one we will pick?

What you learn in the process of making things that you care about sinks much deeper, with the roots go deeper into the subsoil of the brain than what anyone can tell you.       –Seymour Papert

20 comments

  1. Hello. I found your class wiki on wikispaces and I think it’s encouraging to see you use the new technologies to get your students using literacy in and outside of the classroom. What age are these students? I am currently in my teaching internship and am very interested in using these technologies in my future classroom. Thanks for the great example of how theory can be put into practice!

  2. on our farm we have dairy cows that my parents milk we also haev a few dogs and some other animals
    how many sheep do you have?

  3. Hey, i’d like to know what it’s like living where you do, and is it well populated? I come from a small town and there’s alot of farms and land.

    Feel free to have a look around my site.

  4. Dear Paul,

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    Alex
    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit

    ——————————–

    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

    An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America. Highlights include a speech from keynote speaker Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House.

    Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

    Register at http://edin08.com/bloggersummit/

  5. Thanks for checking out my blog. Came across yours via Blue Skunk and added it right to my feed. I’m impressed with how thoughtful it is.

    Thanks again,
    Jim

  6. Hey Paul- I am really interested in the .pdf you linked to in a conversation over at Clay’s place on certification rubrics. For some odd reason I couldn’t get it to come up.

    I would really love to see it.

    Could you try the link, or perhaps even mail at copy? =>nashworld@gmail.com

    Thanks much,

    Sean

  7. Thanks for your comment on my blog Paul. The additions of student work provide great examples of what is possible with Audacity.

    Cheers,

    Keri-Lee Beasley

  8. I’m just not in “twitter mode” yet. I’m not sure I have time for it. I learned how to program computers in 1961 so I’m not afraid of tech, but it seems my plate is full: I’m on three education list-servs, write two columns a month plus an occasional op-ed, blog for the huffington Post anytime I think about it (that’s what I mean by twitter mode–I first think of Huffpo http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gerald-bracey), and I operate the Education Disinformation Detection and Reporting Agency, a moderated group of about 2,000 people mostly in the US but abroad as well, and mostly, but not all, educators (lawyers, consultants, politicians, etc).

    So it’s not like I’m a social isolate.

    I don’t know where I’d find the time to follow folk on twitter. Help hints accepted.

    Jerry Bracey

  9. What sorts of questions do you ask yourself when creating a lesson? Sometimes I just feel like my creativity level is out or low, and I really want to connect with my students. I want them to feel like what we are doing is useful to them. I love what I do, and I’m usually really excited when they come into the classroom, but I don’t feel like that is enough–where do you suggest we start?

  10. Hi Paul,
    Would love to talk with you about a project my team is working on. I looked or an email comment form but did not find one…. I’m reaching out to tech savvy educators, like yourself. You can see my email and website domains from the comments submission form. I hope you will get back in touch.

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