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on blogging – part two

 

Making my writing public, so that the world knows what I have to say about education, schools, learning, and teaching has helped me grow as a teacher. It has also shown me how little I know. I’m on an island in the middle of my classroom, while there’s a world out there with teachers that have taught thousands of students, and combined, millions, if not more. I’m struggling to teach eighteen and to make it count.

 

Teachers have commented and liked (!) my blog. I’m sure they understand I’m a beginner, but their comments and likes make me feel like I’m on the right track. Occasionally, I comment on a blog (see: Cliff Mass) that incites the teacher passion I have within, because something was wrong on the internet! I got fired up, blogged, commented, shared, talked, and got more and more people incited, all because someone wrote something on the web.

 

To feel that power, and intensity, the hive gathering on its prey, to speak truths, undoubtedly unperturbed by his position, by Mass, I say blogging is here to stay. Do I not sense that there could be moments where hours are not kind, and words do not flow like wine? Constant blogging, setting aside that brief moment to write something that I myself do not have time to read, and then gather more information whilst waiting for my morning java? How do I take it, that these teachers pour their very souls thereunto the world, their students, and the community? How can I not partake?

 

These posts, here and here, show my growth as a blogger, because they started a conversation. The latter post is the infamous Cliff Mass response, and the former is the trend in finding out what the students are learning, and how do we know. I don’t think anything though could top the Mass post because the conversation crossed over (to Mass’ blog). My comment can also be found on his blog.

 

Outside my cohort I have received comments here, of which I have also commented outside the cohort.

 

Blogging, onward!

 

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on blogging

Informal blogging (writing), commenting, and connecting with other bloggers (people) has changed dramatically.

 

For those careful readers, it’s no surprise that this blog started for school as a requirement. The purpose of requirements on something like a blog is so that you learn its value. But that sounds like mandatory volunteering. Still, sometimes (definitely not all the time) certain requirements do turn out to become hobbies or a part of function to be human.

 

I like writing – even love it – but blogging was never my forte. Either I’d put too much thought in a post (that maybe 2 people would read) but burn out, or just never put any ideas down because they weren’t good enough. I think I have found a happy medium. I opened up my blog this quarter to the general public (and have got likes!) after I noticed that my posts weren’t just for “school.” My posts had some relevance to the greater community of pedagogical thinking.

 

Keeping my blog focused on education has allowed me to always be thinking about what to write. I take notes when in my placements and in class or simply just talk to other people. It allows me to formulate some ideas before sitting down and blindly typing whatever pops into my mind, like this post. I think my blog posts have been getting better over time, though every once in awhile the ideas just aren’t there. But that’s the great thing about blogging – getting ideas out (though you have to find that happy medium, I think 1 to 2 posts a week is that).

 

Recently, I have been getting a lot of comments. Part of that, is I keep the posts short, but not too short. 250 – 700 words seems good. Any less or more the post might be passed because there isn’t enough thought, or it rambles or turns into an essay. Keeping the topic short, and the idea clear and open seems to also work well. These two posts demonstrate that: A tale of two schools and finding the time.

 

A lot of comments on other blogs have been within the cohort, though I check the blogs on my blogroll periodically (reader) and try to stay informed. There is a lot of information out there. The river analogy is good, you just fill up a little as the river keeps flowing. There are a lot of good ideas, posts and blogs out there. I think starting with a little community already will help my blogging to grow. The responses within the cohort look like they are not only reading my comments, but responding to the comments as well, such as here.

 

I know I’ll keep growing as a blogger as this year pans out. It’s useful just to have a shared space to keep in contact with others going through something similar. It’s also a great way to build up ideas in a non academic setting. PHD’s aren’t the only people doing research. Sometimes research is looking at a new piece of research, and trying it out. Sometimes it’s reaching a challenging student in a new way. Either way, blogging is useful stuff – even when it’s a requirement.

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