Jennifer Orr – Always a Teacher, Purpose, and Alliances

By Chris Cluff

It’s amazing how many rabbit holes one man can encounter when he’s chasing squirrels! Join Chris Cluff as he finds, explores and pushes the boundaries in education.

I started only reading my Twitter feed in the very early morning hours, as I take my dog for a walk. At that time of day even the internet is fairly calm and peaceful. It feels like in the predawn hours I can actually focus on the feed and even find amazing content. Funnily, my dog will lay down and go back to sleep if I stall to long over an engaging post. And it was in this moment that I came across a blog that caught my eye. It grabbed me because of the title and I stayed for the entire whole hearted narrative. Jen has been blogging since the early 2005 and througout her writings the themes of change, student advocacy, and equity come through loud and clear. Her tweet rattled me because of its raw questioning of ‘Am I in a rut?’ A truth in education is that the life of teacher can be long and satisfying, but what happens to a person when change simulatneously becomes necessary and hard to envisage. Please check out Jen’s blog at for this post and many other great reads.
You can find Jen on Twitter @jenorr
Chasing Squirrels is on iTunes You can find me on Twitter @chrisjcluff and on WordPress at If you would like to chat on the podcast, let me know.
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