I spent part of my morning at Logan High School yesterday. I sat in my friend Shelley Wallin’s classroom with her senior college prep class and discussed what blogging means, where the great blogs live, how blogging and writing and sharing and connecting could possibly help each of them. We talked about the cyber community, their favorite musicians (Ashley Muncy shouted out “Kene Terry” and I had to tell her there might not be any blogs on Kene, but that we’d work on it together. . .), gaming, football, cheerleading – and then we went to the computer lab to set up a wordpress blog for Logan Schools. (And by the way, this is Spirit Week and yesterday was pajama day. They don’t dress like that all the time. I sure hope one of them chooses to write about Spirit Week. . .)
I miss hanging out at the high school, on about six different levels. I miss having Johanna there, although I’m crazy proud that she’s doing so well in her second year at UNM. I miss having a reason to drop in visit with my pal Angie Fly (okay, now Medrow) or Shelley (I had to call her Ms. Wallin the entire time yesterday in front of her students – damn funny because I really could not remember to do it). I also, very slightly, miss being a student there, the smell of the hallways the first day of school, Mr. Hulce’s handwriting on the chalkboard in American History (in the very room where I met with Shelley’s kids), student council meetings in the library, hanging in the hallways at the lockers between classes. I don’t miss the angst of being a high school student, and heaven only knows how those kids I met with yesterday navigate the murky waters of teenage society today.
So, maybe all my lofty plans for helping them do a blogging project are somewhat selfish. I want a reason to go back to the school on a regular basis. I want to reconnect, not just in cyberspace, but in the hallways, and in the teacher’s lounge if there are other teachers who want to get their kids blogging. I want to know the names of the students when I see them at basketball games. I want to help them build a community online but I also want to do some of my own personal community building.
I’m excited. Logan High School received a Bronze Medal as one of the best little high schools in the nation from US News & World Report – we even had a mural painted to show ourselves off. There’s some real potential here. The kids I met with yesterday were at first perplexed at the idea of creating a student blog, then they were intrigued, and by the end of the hour, they were searching for images for their own personal posts. Unlike many of the small schools surrounding Logan, my alma mater hasn’t slowly shrunk and our test scores haven’t fallen. We’ve only gotten better, and these blogging kids are going to have a great time conveying that.
As I posted back in May, I love small schools in New Mexico. And this one is my favorite. I’ll keep you posted on our project, and I’ll provide a link the minute we’re up and publishing. This should be great fun – I can’t wait to get back in there next Tuesday morning and see what they came up with for posts. I’m telling you Ashley – if we need to do a blog on Kene Terry, I’m all for it.