The words here actually started as an email reply to a blog post shared with me today. As my reply got longer and longer, I realized that it was time to move it to my blog! Thank you, CJ, for opening this window of thought. It obviously hit me at the right time.
I’m still pretty surprised when I hear myself tell others “I blog.” It wasn’t even a blip on my radar prior to a couple of years ago. And then….a couple of summers ago, I figured what the heck, why not?
Blogging is something that I make some time for now. I want to do it. It often strikes me at some random moment, not always the perfect time for writing, but I realize that I want to say something. There’s a powerful quiet granted when writing. And as I tell my student bloggers, your words are important! Your expression is unique and perfect. It’s yours.
Most of the time for me, blogging is reflection. The reflection for me is affirming with what I do, or many times try to do. It gets my thoughts all lined out. I can place my reasons, procedures, and feelings on “paper.” It’s easy for me to look back to what was happening a month ago, a year ago, and revisit my thoughts at that time. It’s most often a boost when I see for myself the changes or progress that have happened.
And even better yet, as I share my ‘Teacher Journal’ with others, this extension somehow brings a satisfaction with the chance that it could help someone, hopefully bridge connections with others in similar situations, or open up a pathway for others to share with me what they’re doing and give ideas and suggestions. (By all means, yes, please do!)
“I am better off for the willingness of others to share.”
Perfectly stated. Thank you for these words, Dean Shareski. This whole blogging stuff is made even better by others. A comment is icing on the cake. It’s kind of a magical thing, really. Someone read this? Someone wants to say something to me? Hey, cool!
Yes, I used to think that I didn’t have anything to say, that what I thought wasn’t that important. Hello – wake up call. If you are an educator, everything you have to say is important! You just may not have had time to actually say it yet! You’re not making this stuff up, you’re the first hand source, the truest picture of what is happening in schools today.
My encouragement? No surprise – go ahead, blog, I triple dog dare ya! 😉 And let me know when you do. My comment is awaiting.
See these posts for more blog encouragement. Worked for me!
4 Reasons People Don’t Blog and Ideas to Help Change Their Mind by George Couros
How To Make Better Teachers by Dean Shareski