I need to blog.
After spending nearly 18 months forcing myself to update daily, I haven’t posted in 5 months.
Like Royan, I don’t quite feel right when I’m not blogging yet I also struggle with putting my thoughts out there for others to read.
I could blame being busy with teaching, masters study, lack of ideas etc. but the truth is I had a big case of writer’s stage fright.
The nature of the online edusphere has changed in the last few years. Less conversational and more personal branding.
- Quotes in stock images.
- Pinterest worthy infographics.
- Auto-tweets of content.
- 5 quick steps to classroom bliss.
- Instagramworthy learning moments.
Sharing online feels more like it needs to be more polished. Conversational thoughts of ‘I tried something and this what I learned’ are often tempered with ‘if I’m asking someone to give me their attention, the content should be worth it…’
And even that word, content, sends shivers up my spine.
For me, teaching is a craft. A constant work in progress, not a series of beautiful updates. We should be telling our stories but also questioning our practice. Not just in our heads but also in the online sphere.
- When was the last time you shared a #teacherfail and what you learned from it?
- How do you document the shifts in your practice? Do you take the time to share the bumps or just the successes?
- When did you question another person’s practice online?
- What does your online presence really say about learning?
Love this! And couldn’t agree more.
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What I have always loved about your blog and also the reason I shared it with teachers at my school is its honesty and unpretentiousness. I love what your online presence has said about learning. Start blogging again. In your own lovely voice.
Ha! this is so accurate!!
Keep on failing, shows you are learning. That’s the mantra I use, I am an experimenter in the class. Keeps teaching interesting. My lessons range from the sublime to the ridiculous but hey they are never dull and I learn so much. Blog away!