Prompted to Post by the PLN

This entry came about because of a blogpost at “At the Teacher’s Desk“.  I left a comment and then realised that the comment was really a reflective blogpost.

We’ve had a class blog since 2005 and I originally saw it as a way to share children’s work with their families. When I added a counter and then a Clustrmap it became an even greater motivator. With a few exceptions we haven’t moved into real collaboration yet, though I know we will.

My own blogs have been half-hearted personal stories, a few tech and “how to” posts and some attempts at humour. I have reflected very little and collaborated even less. How right you are. We must “walk the talk” for our students in self-reflection, collaboration, creation and co-creation.

I don’t like the sound of my recorded voice and appreciate my video-self even less, but I have to get past this. How can I realistically ask students to do what I do not? I’ve done the flying fox, abseil, kayak and BMX as modeling and encouragement. Now it’s time to strap on my helmet, get over my nervousness and do some audio and video.

Thanks for the collaborative kick up the proverbial to @wmchamberlain and @jlamshed.

4 Responses

  1. I am on your wavelength here. After helping students podcast for a year I realised that I needed to as well so I sat down and got my first on published. Then I realised I couldn’t ask students to blog if I didn’t…. so started an edu blog. However, I started working in daily television with my students last century and I still duck if I see a camera pointed in my direction 🙂 I DO believe in doing everything I ask my students to do, but some of it requires sacrifice!

  2. Unlike Dorothy I did it the other way round. I made myself a couple of podcasts to make sure that I knew what the pitfalls were before I promoted the idea with kids. You won’t find those podcasts now though- I hope!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your collaborations.

  3. You’re so right. Too often we shy away from things outside of our comfort zone but we wouldn’t allow our students to do it. I hate being videoed and photographed but now we’re using our blog and hoping to start some collaborative projects I think I’m going to have to get over that pretty quickly.

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