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End of Quarter Reflection: Fall

9 Dec

The quarter doesn’t feel over, yet – I’m still processing things, and I’m still completing a few assignments. I feel as if all I have done in the past week is “reflect.” So now it’s time to reflect on my blogging over the past few months.

One of the biggest goals I set for myself as a blogger this quarter was to blog once a day in November about thinks I am thankful for. I feel it’s important to focus on gratitude, especially in the middle of this quarter when everything was beginning to seem so overwhelming. Some days, I effectively linked my thankfulness to education, such as this post about “Small Business Friday,” or this one about using words like “gay” in the classroom. ome were more personal, such as this one about my dearest friends, and some were just for fun. For the most part, I managed to blog once a day for the whole month. I even wrote a short blog on a day I had the worst stomachache of my life. Why? Because writers write. As a teacher, I hope to model my love of reading and writing to my students (as well as my love of math and science). I love to write, and as Erasmus said, “The desire to write grows with writing.”

My most-viewed post was about a lecture I attended at UW titled “Finnish Lessons – what can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” Not only did members of our cohort comment on it – in the blog and in class – but I also had an actual Finnish teacher comment on it, starting a conversation about what it’s like to get certified in Finland. I am glad I had the opportunity to attend this lecture, and glad that I had this blog as a platform to share what I learned with other people who didn’t have that opportunity.

My most commented on post was about children’s screen time, and whether or not it was good for kids to spend all day sitting in front of a screen. The post was a follow-up to one about the contrast of technology used by my main placement school and my dyad, and my questioning about whether or not reliance on technology was good for students (and people as a whole).

I think the best way to generate comments is to write about something people are interested in – whether it’s Finland or technology. It also doesn’t hurt if that topic is also slightly controversial. Although a lot of the information about blogging out there will tell you that short blog entries are the best, my most-read and most-commented entries were two of my longest ones. I suppose that proves that readers are most interested when the writer is most passionate!

I tried to comment on many of my cohort mates blogs, they are all writing about interesting and insightful things. One of the blogs I commented the most on was Learn2Teach4Equity, such as this post about networking. Networking, meeting and collaborating with other educators, is probably the most vital part of becoming a teacher, and it’s one that can’t really be taught. I think we are especially lucky in this program to be forming relationships with our cohort-mates, which will last through our careers.

I also commented regularly on Teacher PostScript, such as this post about the differences we were observing between private and public schools. We shared a similar experience in our Dyads, going from public elementary schools to private middle schools, and regularly discussed the differences (both in our blogs and in person.)

Recently, I have come across several interesting articles and stories I want to blog about, and have found myself very frustrated that I don’t have the time! I suppose this proves that my month of blogging had a strong impact on me – my desire to write has definitely grown with writing.

 

Thanks-vember 13

13 Nov

I don’t want to write tonight. I want to go to bed. I went to school, came home, planned two lessons, ran to the library, went to a rehearsal because two months ago agreeing to stage manage a Christmas show sounded like a great idea, came home, finished planning the lessons, and now I just want to sleep.

But I set myself a goal. To write one thing a day that I am thankful for. To blog, every day. Because the one thing that makes a person a writer is to write. I don’t care if anyone reads this (but I’m always happy when people do!), and I don’t care if I never become a famous writer (though I wouldn’t turn it down). What makes me a writer is the fact that I write.

That’s an important thing to teach our students. Writers write. Mathematicians do math. Artists create. Scientists experiment. No one says you have to be the best. No one says you have to do it perfectly. As long as you do it, that is what matters.

So I’m thankful today for the fact that I am a teacher. I teach. I may not be done with my program yet, I may still have a lot to learn, but today I got to teach. I worked with a first grader in reading, and a group of 3rd graders in math, and I taught. And I am so thankful for that opportunity.

Letter to the editor, 5th grade style

12 Jul

 

This image was Tweeted by the Washington Post’s Ron Charles. He said: “Our favorite correction letter ever, from 5th graders @ Burning Tree E.S. in Bethesda MD.

 

People actually do read letters your class sends out! And they like them!

Technology brings writing to life

6 Jun

Imagine having all your students create movies out of their writing!

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