First blog post… Eek!

Hi! I’m a kindergarten teacher always looking for something new to jump into. I’m starting this blog to share with the world my journey  as an educator. I’m passionate about play based learning. I also love technology. It’s a challenging balancing act in my classroom but I love it!

I was inspired by the wonderful folks at #wonderwake Fall Convergence at NC state, a Wake County technology conference. George Couros presented 3 amazing sessions and a life changing keynote. I’m convinced that I need to have a positive digital footprint and what better way than through a blog? I’ve been meaning to start this for a week now and never got around to it. I try to keep myself as busy as possible! Today, checking out at the grocery store, the young man told me he wants to be a writer but he hasn’t started yet. My advice- just try. Don’t expect perfection. Just write and put it out there. So here I am. Taking my advice. Just writing and putting it out there.

I also keep hearing this amazing song in my head as I type – “Failure is an option. Failure to deliver is not.” – Kevin Brookhouser. Wish I could find it on YouTube!

Full disclosure – this is way outside of my comfort zone and is absolutely nerve wracking to put myself out there. But as George Couros said, “it’s not about you. It’s about the kids. Go backward from there.” So here I am starting today. Some of my blog posts will be about my background and others about the present or my hopes and dreams. All of them are for the kids. My purpose is to become a better educator than I was yesterday always for my students.

I welcome any and all feedback – it’s the best way to grow!

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4 thoughts on “First blog post… Eek!

  1. Aubrey wrote:

    Today, checking out at the grocery store, the young man told me he wants to be a writer but he hasn’t started yet. My advice- just try. Don’t expect perfection. Just write and put it out there. So here I am. Taking my advice. Just writing and putting it out there.

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    Hey Pal,

    First, JAZZED that you are doing this! I am always blown away by the fact that teachers KNOW that risk taking is important and we push our students to take risks, but we worry about doing the same. That’s always felt strange to me. How can we push for learning behaviors that we haven’t embraced ourselves?

    Second, your advice for the grocery clerk is perfect for you, too. The more that you write, the easier that writing becomes. And the easier that writing becomes, the more you will enjoy the reflection that comes along with blogging!

    And now the most important tip: Remember that blogging isn’t about anything else except giving you the chance to reflect on your practice. That’s it.

    So the “EEEK” feelings aren’t necessary! EEK means you are afraid that others will judge you based on what you write. THEY won’t agree or THEY won’t be impressed or THEY won’t find value in what you share. NONE of that matters because blogging is about YOU. It’s about thinking about what YOU believe and putting YOUR thoughts down in a place where you can wrestle with them and seeing how YOU grow over time.

    Forget the external audience. You are the only audience that matters. That makes it a helluva’ lot easier to publish first and panic later!

    Finally, a bit of advice I’m giving to everyone: If you want to turn this into a digital portfolio, you should start to use the evaluation standards that you are held accountable for as “categories” for each post. That was something I picked up from George — and I wish I had heard about it sooner because I’ve already written 1,000 posts with different categories!

    If you use your evaluation standards as categories, then you can quickly and easily sort posts during those moments when you are being evaluated to find evidence that you are meeting yoru standards. And if you start with your first posts, you won’t be stuck with an overwhelming job of recategorizing everything a few years down the road!

    Lemme know if you need any help,
    Bill

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    • Thanks for the advice and encouragement Bill! My plan is to categorize everything with the evaluation standards. I just need to get to know them a little better. I also didn’t think this first post would fit any of them…

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