My teaching partner, Kelsie Zarko, always inspires me. I am taking a page out of her book by creating my own personal blog. I must admit, the whole process is rather nerve racking. I tend to have a hard time keeping things simple, so of course I tried to find the right platform, the right theme, the right widgets to highlight who I am, and then don’t even get me started on my tag line. I still am going back and forth on a few design elements, however, the main point of having this blog is to reflect. I needed a space in which to share, reflect, and grow not just as an educator but as a person. So…let’s do this!
Starting this post, instantly reminded of my college days when LiveJournal was the latest craze. I remember setting up my account and typing up posts like a diary. I remember at the time very few people understood why on earth I would want to share life with the world. I feel blogging has come a long way since then and while my breakups, meltdowns, and dinner preparations might not have been the best subject matter, I was reflecting on life. I was sharing my thoughts and becoming a better person because of it. Now that I am older, and hopefully wiser, I am looking forward to using this blog as a way to become…better!
Writing brings me clarity especially when I share it with others. There is something so refreshing about writing especially when you get to choose the topic. I also have found in my last 10 years of teaching, that writing doesn’t always have to be a long drawn out activity. I know some feel that social media like Twitter is destroying the art and craft of writing. I, however, have to disagree. Writing your thoughts in 140 characters or less does have value. I know that it has helped me to be more concise and learn to summarize my thoughts. I think as educators it is our job to help students learn that we write for different purposes. How I write on Twitter vs. how I write an email to a parent, are two very different purposes and require a different writing format. As a writer, I need to have experiences with both so I know how to write for my audience and purpose in the most effective way possible. I have noticed lately that I have been doing only a lot of Twitter writing. Balance in writing is just as important and I feel this blog will be the answer. Reflecting AND writing growth = Winning!
I have loved having a classroom blog! If you don’t have one, I highly recommend it. It has been an incredible way to strengthen the home school connection. However, I have often felt there are some posts I would LOVE to write but they wouldn’t match the audience of the classroom blog. It is my hope that this will be the blog for those types of posts and be the opportunity I need to reflect on best practices.
When I start anything, I always want it to be successful. I have learned throughout the years that having goals always helps to make sure I do what I set out to do. I bring you my blogging goals:
My Blogging Goals:
- To reflect on lessons, subjects, teaching practices, and the everyday that occurs within the 4 walls of my classroom.
- To share with other educators my successes, failures, resources and the fun elements of teaching.
- To create a space that I can easily manage and maintain my reflections.
- To grow as a learner through reflection, sharing, and creating.
- To write at least 500 words in each blog post. Inspired by My 500 Words: http://goinswriter.com/my500words/
- To tell others I have a blog and expand my PLN.
I am looking forward to this journey and continuing my travels as a lifelong learner…in a Seuss hat!