My O.B.I.T (open biographical info time)

I ‘ve always wondered about the biography portion of blog sites. Do people read them?
If they do read that section, does it connect or disconnect them more to the writer?
Do the writers keep them updated? After all, it’s a two way street.

What happens when the blogger writes something disagreeable? Do readers continue subscribing to see what comes out next or is as Eminem says, “you only get one shot”?IMG_2116

What if the text is too vanilla? Oh? People like vanilla, but why read at all if it was the only flavour? And now it’s my turn to churn.

How many take time to reply in lieu of muttering to themselves or the closest ear?

So in the interest of transparency, glasnost, and nothing to hide here’s a bit about me.

My name is Will, I have been bullied and been a bully. I have failed in every possible way as a student and according to North American standards of success. I have also succeeded in a world that is overcrowded with enmity, ennui, and expectations to maintain the status quo.

Teaching is my 6th career. Restaurants, real estate, radio, writing and retail were its predecessors. Even though each job was different, they all contributed to a bigger understanding of life and in shaping my world view. Human interaction, failure, and resilience (stubbornness) have contributed also.

I did not start this chapter of life until my 40s. In a way it’s like Plutarch (a convenient hero), who in his 40s went to school, and then became the teacher of the emperor of Rome. Although, I have yet to teach an emperor, many noble minds have graced my classroom in my first 6 years. Along the way I found a series of opportunities and passions revealing themselves and opening my life up great things in and out of the classroom.

I am passionate about infusing social issues into every element of my classroom. My goal in the classroom is not to cram the crown onto the heads of my students, but to hold it above for them to rise to it. I love sharing TED Ed with teachers and students every chance I get. Through these posts I will be able to provide glimpses into the spaces where I teach and in between. Look for pieces about mental health, social justice, genius hour, success and failure as they relate to the teaching profession, our practice and those we are privileged to teach.


ps My next post about Re-Org is almost ready to share.


The Author

Will Gourley

Grade 5 lead learner and SERT at Adrienne Clarkson PS in the YRDSB. Focused on disruptive, divergent, and modern learning. Member of the global TED-Ed(Club) movement, 1 of 110 TED Ed Innovative Educators, and Global Math Project Ambassador. Twitter @willgourley Proudly blogging here and at

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