This Is a Relief!

Edubloggers go every which way during the summer. A few posts ago, I declared I was easing back on posting while I tried to get a grip an all my edu-chores that lie in other domains, my wife’s trackbacks on the household chore pings notwithstanding (I’m still faithful about doing the dishes and vacuuming). 😉

But I’ve been climbing the digital literacy learning curve as quickly as I can, and have been unable not to share a few of the epiphanic insights that are coming about because of it. To keep the pings from my darling wife from turning to flames, I shared with her some new learning and she said that’s relevant to what she has been doing in ed tech with at-risk kids in summer school. (Turns out we both agree that the students are ahead of the teachers, like Mr. Warlick says! See “Comments” on today’s Science Goddess post for details, if you’re curious. )

In addition to upgrading my digital literacy, I’ve been concerned about doing digital publishing right as well. I start a post in WORD, check it for grammar and spelling, then paste it into Notepad to strip out the formatting, and finally paste it into the WYSIWYG window on my Blogger dashboard. I press the “publish” button and off it goes. Then, for a couple of days afterward, I pick at it aiming for conciseness and better diction. I know that sounds a bit compulsive, but remember, I take the publishing aspect seriously.

Today, David Warlick posted an important piece on 2 Cents Worth about the importance of school librarians (aka media specialists) as purveyors of digital literacy. But that’s not all that struck me. He also added a piece about blogging, specifically making errors in blogging. It was a great relief to read and I’ve printed this short section out and put it into my copy of Classroom Blogging as an addendum.

“This brings me to another point. Now this is my opinion, but I do not believe that blog postings are meant to be scholarly dissertations, perfectly considering every point, every example, every definition, every eventuality. They should be better considered than IM postings and better crafted than most e-mail messages, but they (mine) are typically written in one or two sittings and rarely with more than an hour of writing. I leave things out. I leave terms undefined. Sometimes I get it wrong, and I’m happy that I do. Because everything that is not included, that is important, gets added through comments from thoughtful readers and through continuing conversations. If it’s an important addition, such as including librarians in a conversation about video games in schools, I will usually elevate it to a new blog posting to make it available to more readers.

As I’ve said many times before, I write this blog to learn

I only wish that I had the time to address every question and correction!”

Thanks, David. I needed that!

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7 thoughts on “This Is a Relief!

  1. Ava Gardner eh? We’ll see!

    I look forward to more postings from your blog, particularly from the viewpoint of a school board member. I’m fairly certain many teachers would like an “insiders” view on the workings and thought processes of the board.

    Additionally, all those years of being a teacher could so greatly help those of us who are just starting (or haven’t started). Mentorship is so very important and I’m beginning to think (from reading what I do) that it doesn’t happen as much as it should.

  2. There will be plenty of posts about board stuff, Eric. Usually, it’s about as interesting as watching paint dry, but every so often there’s some exciting stuff. (Like I’m trying to promote blogging to admin, but there’s a lot of insecurity amongst the digital immigrants. Some of ’em might even be digital illiterates, but that will change.)

    Mentorship is one of those things that is sensitive to funding. But like I said on the Science Goddess’s last post, smart admin won’t let it slip on the priority list.

    Here’s a short article from Teacher Magazine that was written by a new teacher who could have used some new friends and a mentor…

    http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2007/07/16/06reed_web.html

    When you enter your first building, go in like you own it. You may be a new teacher, but you have experience that is rare in the teaching field. I was 30 years old and a former sheriff’s deputy (uniform criminal patrol division) when I started in the classroom. I smiled at everyone and took no crap from anyone. 🙂 You know what I’m talking about.

  3. Dang, can’t format in comment mode.

    Science Goddess lives at “What It’s Like On the Inside.” I highly recommend reading what she has to say. She IS a mentor.

  4. Welcome!

    I read your comment concerning A Touch of Venus and remembered seeing it on channel 9 (WOR) in New York, too! I still hum Speak Low every now and then.

    I’m new to blogging too, and it is difficult to keep from getting off-topic or off mission. I’m trying to keep mine a bit light – like commentary on tour. I’m still trying to find my way and it is obvious I need to learn HTML!

    I’m on the ‘fringe’ of education and just wrote something about teacher ethics and doubles standards from my viewpoint.

    I’ll pop in every now and say, “Hello”!

    hope to see you at my place, too!

  5. Hi again!

    Since you were a history teacher. can you figure out my Wordless Wednesday? I’ve had lots of ‘hits’, but only one who stopped.

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