working primarily with elementary teachers. The topic that spurred my reflection from edchat last night was: Should teachers have students write blogs, develop class websites/wikis, student PLN’s? The chat mainly focused around blogging. Here were some of my take-aways:
1. If your not comfortable with blogging yourself, you cannot expect other teachers and students to. This really opened my eyes. When I was in the classroom I had a class blog, but never one that I personally contributed to. I’ve started and stopped one many times but never finished the post or felt brave enough to hit the publish button. After last night’s chat, I decided that I needed to jump in head first and “just do it” as nike says. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, just like I hope my teachers and students will do.
2. I am a perfectionist. This can be a very hindering personality/behavioral trait that deters me from publishing on the web. I am writing with a “stream of consciousness.” I am somewhat aware of my spelling and grammar, but I am more concerned with just getting my words down on paper, so to speak. I don’t want my students to be deterred from posting or commenting on others posts because they are anxious about their spelling and grammar. It’s important, but they can always reflect on their blog posts at a later date and edit/revise. Besides, think of the comments from critical friends on how to make their posts better! (hint hint) This leads me up to my last take-away- authentic feedback.
3. Blogging allows for teachers and students alike to receive authentic feedback from a world-wide audience. Blogging is a platform that can potentially connect students with others around the globe, or just in their community. Relationships are fostered. Trust is built between students. Students helping students revise to make their work better. Publishing suddenly becomes a team effort that all can be proud of.
Just my two cents worth. Would love to hear what you think. Thanks for reading! By the way, I really am terrified to hit the publish button! Right now! As I speak. 🙂 Thanks to @gcouros for helping me properly cite my image and #edchat for encouraging me to model for my teachers.