For the past three years, I have been reading the blogs of many people in education that have insightful, powerful things to say. The blogs of people like Dean Shareski, David Warlick, Clarence Fisher…well, I could go on, but the purpose of this post is not to give you a list of my RSS feeds. The thoughts of these people, most of whom I have never met face-to-face, have helped to shape my own thinking and push me to be a better teacher. I consider myself to be a doer, not a thinker, practical rather than philosophical, so I valued the fact that they shared online, but never thought I would decide to have my own blog.
I have had a classroom blog for my grade one students for about three years, and I have noticed that occasionally things slip into it that are not really classroom blogish, but rather show my learning more than that of my students. I don’t think this has been a totally bad thing, but I have sometimes felt that it was a kind of schizophrenic voice, hopping back and forth between the children and myself. More and more often lately, I have been tempted to write about something that on second thought didn’t really belong there.
So here it is, Rena. Thanks for the push. I’m not totally sure what I want this space to be, but I’m looking forward to seeing what it evolves into.