Day 43 (of 187) My prethink for Sunday Nov 4ths #bcedchat on self reflection
I blog each “day of learning”.
It was inspired by a share by the impressive George Couros @gcouros https://georgecouros.ca/blog/ over five years ago (and as @chrkennedy has compared me to Cal Ripken – who played in 2632 consecutive games, with 1,152 blogs down, I’m almost half way there….)
My “daily blog” has become an important part of my self-reflection. Not that every blog is great – in fact there are some edits that I wish I made. But a big part of my inspiration is that it took many years before I rediscovered my dads education journal and I hope that if my kids become interested in education as a career, that they may find some of these blogs useful. It is also allowing me to push myself into uncomfortable areas: cartooning, sketch-noting, videos…. ways to further explore reflection methodologies.
Some others (most recently @chrstineYH https://christineyounghusband.com/blog/ ) have also taken to “the daily reflection” despite my suggestion around daily blogging of self-reflection:
Don’t do it.
Yes, I may be a bit hypocritical as I am doing what I tell others not to do. Because I want “you” to understand that it’s hard. It opens up a wide target of vulnerability. There are some nights and days where you want to give up.
So don’t do it. Don’t even try.
Much like John Lennon and the Beatles were told that their music wouldn’t sell. How JK Rowling was told repeatedly that her books weren’t publishable.
You can’t fake relevance and meaningfulness (aka passion), and too often people want to blog because it seems like a good idea (and it really is) but then a week goes by…and a month…and then it becomes evident that this isn’t the medium for your own reflection.
I’ve seen people declare that they would “blog regularly” only to see it fade away. But there are some awesome people to check in on:
The Weird Teacher Doug Robertson (@theweirdteacher) http://hestheweirdteacher.blogspot.com blogs each week as a lead-in to his #weirded chat on Wednesdays 7pm pst
Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp) https://pernillesripp.com does some amazing sharing about the importance of literacy each week as well (I finally got my hands on one of her books today!!)
Matt Renwick (@readbyexample) https://readingbyexample.com has some great blogs about education by Matt and by guests as well!
And I always love delving into the world of Will Richardson (@willrich45 ) who has moved much of his writing to https://modernlearners.com
And there are many others that I love to see when they pop across either my wordpress or twitter feeds. I appreciate it when educators feel confident enough to put their thoughts and words out for the public to see, consider and sometimes comment on (both good and bad).
I am trying to be mindful in my reflection. While I don’t believe that a daily-blog is the right medium for everyone (and I freely admit that the “daily journal” in elementary school kind of ruined my love-of-writing for quite awhile) I do encourage everyone to find a way to reflect on what they do. Each day….each year…at some point – after all the days do move fast….find a way to think about the days of learning!