Like the narrator, I too am in awe of the amount of ideas/content/discussions/collaboration that I see happening through Twitter. The blogs that appear in my Reader on a consistent basis are inspiring and motivational, yet daunting in the time I know these authors are spending on them.
... and because of that I thought of my students. It is for them I am writing this post. We have been spending time exploring the features of Wordpress, from widgets to blogrolls to multimedia boxes. You name it, I have been right there with them facilitating their learning.
But what about their writing?
Some of my students see their blogs as a replacement for a reflective journal and they commit a lot of their writing time to sharing their learning. There are others who are so passionate sports/Minecraft/Justin Bieber that they can write about these naturally - but it all seems so forced, as if they are writing because they are expected to write. I'm not at ease with this. They don't seem as passionate about expressing themselves to an online audience as I see happening in other classrooms throughout the Twitterverse. The easy
What about the preacher who's not practicing his own sermons? Where do I actually fit in a culture I'm trying to facilitate and nurture? This is more like it as far as
I've not been blogging. I've not been sharing my ideas and I've not been modeling good practice with my students. This needs to change. I need to be a part of the online community and the blogging culture of my classroom rather than to forcefully demand it of my students. With this, I hope both we together can see that we too can be "Amazing to Others."
First step after I click Publish is to share this with my students. Let's see where this takes us as a learning community.