Tuesday, December 20, 2005
It’s coming close to the end of the year and it seems a good time to reflect on all that I have learnt since I started this blogging adventure. I’ve had it in my mind for a while to write such a reflection but have been so busy reading (and being speechless) I haven’t written. Then I read Graham Wegner’s post and found so many similarities between his experiences and mine. I started reading blogs about 18 months ago starting with my friend Scott’s blog and just kept reading. Sometimes I read from his blogroll as well but I felt a little bit like that was o.k. for these people: they were young enough, techie enough, maybe radical enough, but I wasn’t anything like that. Scott seemed, however, to assume that it was not totally impossible that I might one day start a blog but I was fearful. What if I made a mistake, what if I wrote something wrong, what if …. Oh well I’m sure you know the kind of thing. Then one day in May I stumbled across a podcast by Steve Dembo (I wonder if it was the same one, Graham) and through him found Will Richardson and David Warlick (it must have been the same one) and all of a sudden the world seemed to open up. At one particular point when faced with the Blogger home page it just seemed easier to start a blog than to continue to resist. And boy was it fun. Like Graham I found myself encouraged by Will Richardson, and the sense of community I found in the Worldbridges webcasts (as well as meeting Daf and Bee and others from the Webheads in Action) cannot be overestimated. When I started my blog I was still a bit cautious so I wanted to be anonymous. I called myself Reflective Teacher and then listened to Scott Lockman’s podcast. He referred to my blog (“he or she”) and I knew then that I didn’t want to be anonymous (at least not nongender specific – I know Ms Frizzle does it (be anonymous, that is, with class). As part of the edublogging community I wanted to be me, so I added the subheading for my blog “constructing an identity in the blogosphere”. Later still I added a photo which I would never have dreamed of before – I normally hate photos of myself. But this photo was taken by my fourteen year old son without me expecting it. I had just received my school supplied PDA which came complete with camera (though I didn’t know how to work it) and then he just snapped the photo. I like it. Later still I added my email contact details as part of being open to my community (not that I get many emails from readers – yet). I am amazed at all that has happened, and I haven’t even begun to speak of all that I have learnt from reading, reflecting and commenting and receiving comments. Or the joys and learning experiences of blogging with my Year 9 students and the contact with Clarence Fisher’s class. I would like to thank Clarence for his inspiration and guidance. To top it all off being nominated for Best Teacher Blog in the Edublog Awards (I was just blown away and to be honest I found it hard to write after that – I was speechless). I am just so glad to be on the same page as Anne Davis and Konrad Glogowski (who has just been contacted by a mainstream radio station to speak about blogging) Good on both of you for your win in the category. You deserve it and I find you both very inspiring. I plan on continuing on this journey with a various group of very fine teachers who show a range and depth of thought about learning and education that makes me feel quite optimistic about my profession. I’ll be doing a lot of professional reading over the holidays as part of my studies (which have taken a backseat in the middle of all this informal professional development) so I’ll be continuing to post my reflections about my reading and planning for next year.