About the writer

The author with one of his kids.
Marry, this’ miching mallecho, it means mischief.

Hamlet 3.2

When it comes to the mischief that might be caused by my writing online, Hamlet’s plan is more a pipe dream than reality.

But it’s something to think about.  I blogged on and off for years under various pseudonyms before finally deciding to write online under my real name.

It’s funny in retrospect.  What was I afraid of? It’s not as though I was ever writing something to be ashamed of.

But I did for some time labor under the concept that I should separate my online life and my real life.  There were too many stories about teachers with blogs online getting in trouble with their administrators.

So I wrote for some time on Newsvine using my first and middle name, Edward Curtis.  I also started a baseball blog, which I was able to maintain for only a few weeks until I crashed and burned in the attempt to consistently provide thoughtful content.

My writing has improved much as of late, both in its quality and its quantity.  This happened about the same time I realized it didn’t make much sense for me to talk about the importance of the First Amendment if I didn’t take advantage of it myself.  Finding there were no legal impediments to my writing about the things I wanted to discuss online, I refashioned a site I had previously used for my teaching as a personal site.

So here we are.  If you know me, you found me.  Congratulations.  I hope what you find here corresponds with the person you know in the physical world.

If you don’t know me, allow me to briefly introduce myself.  In no particular order, I’m a teacher, a husband and father, and a writer.

The primary purpose of this blog is to challenge myself to practice what I preach — namely, to write regularly, clearly and powerfully.  If I can’t do it, how can I teach it?

I’m not interested in writing about gossip, highly personal issues, or using this blog to slag off my colleagues, students or administrators.  Consequently, there should be nothing in this blog interfering with my official duties as a public employee.

I attended Ithaca College (NY) where I majored in English, and Simmons College (MA) where I earned my Master’s degree.  I’ve also taken courses at Cornell University, Tufts University, and the Universidad de Salamanca.

I currently teach English and journalism at a high school in upstate New York.  I’m also a mentor teacher with the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program.  My primary interests include media ethics, writing instruction and literature.

I’m particularly interested in using online media to extend learning outside the traditional school day.  This article, which I wrote in response to an article in the spring 2010 issue of American Educator, illustrates a lot of my thinking and practice about how to best use technologies like blogs and wikis in the classroom.

When I’m not teaching, I spend most of my time with my family.  I have a wonderful wife, three children and a dog.  Who could ask for more?

I am available for writing assignments.  Feel free to contact me at tedleach at mac dot com.

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