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Friday, March 19, 2010

You say blog - I say blah!

Well here I go. Taking a giant leap into a whole new world for me. I have always enjoyed learning new things on the computer, but for some reason I have drug my feet on learning about blogs. Can't say why for sure but with much coaxing from my co-workers I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. (Something my daughter tells me to do all the time ).

My employment with ESSDACK began 8 1/2 years ago. The one thing I have appreciated the most about working here has been the fact that you are encouraged to branch out, learn more, grow and to step out of that comfort zone. I've had many opportunities to do so. The first challenge I was faced with was taking over the MAT 8 Test scanning and scoring process. People thought I was crazy for liking this job, but I was able to use my organizational skills to set it up the way I wanted it to be. And then producing a product unique to each school districts requests added to the challenge. At one time we were scoring around 50,000 tests a year. But then Achievement Testing went electronic and I lost that job. It was a "fun" experience while it lasted.

As I think about why I've drug my feet on blogging, I have come to recognize it's because it exposes you to many people. I tend to like to do my job and not be "out there" for everyone to see my work. I guess I'm a little bit of a private person in this aspect. Once again - working in a comfortable zone. This was what I could do with the MAT 8 Scanning/Scoring program. Did my work, sent it off and moved on to the next project. Oh no - I just learned something new about myself ~ scary!

Well if you have read through my blog you have endured my first attempt. So in the future as you read my posts - please don't be too critical as this type of "exposure" makes me a little nervous. There you go - Step one is complete :-)


  1. You're off to a great start! Way to go!

  2. Very true, great work...And you can now call yourself a Blog Survivor.

  3. It sounds like the testng program was a great opportunity for you to be creative in a way most people would not see as creative -- and if you were able to handle so many tests before computer testing, that's a testament to the quality of your work. Great first post! -John

  4. I look forward to reading more! I am proud of you for stepping outside your comfort zone. : )