I didn’t think I would be writing this roughly a year and a half after joining HQ but here it is.
On Friday, 22nd July, a few days after returning from the Australian MoodleMoot in Sydney with the team (and Mary Cooch, hooray) I will resign from a paid position at Moodle HQ and become again ‘just’ a volunteering member of Moodle community. Like thousands of others without whom Moodle would probably not exist and thrive as it does.
Some people may say ‘What an ungrateful bastard, leaving a great job many would love so dearly to have…”. They’d be right, in their own way. But I am compelled to follow an even greater, deeper interest and passion than Moodle.
I am joining a small team of educators at a small school just south of Perth. The school, a pretty unconventional one, has about 80 students who have disengaged with education, for all sorts of reasons. These are teenagers to whom life has not been kind (and many of them haven’t been exactly kind to others, let’s not pretend…) and whom the mainstream schools would not touch (anymore). The school is less than year old and is soon becoming a Big Picture school. I will no doubt write more about Big Picture approach but this and its motto ‘ One student at a time in a community of learners’ should give you an idea.
Thank you Martin and the team at HQ. I am not really ‘leaving’ Moodle (how could I ) since I will certainly be involved and contribute further, I just won’t be there every day to shout at the couriers (an in-joke…).
And besides, the school uses Moodle and they are looking for someone to take it beyond uploading a few files…