One common learning theme in our K-12 team this year was to support teachers in their pursuit of helping students make their learning and thinking visible. As Sue Bruyns shares in her post ‘I Told Two Friends and so on…” a blog, or twitter post offers educators a chance to make our learning visible and an opportunity for learning from one another.
Writing online for the first time, and thus making my thinking truly visible, was frightening.
And I’ve paused since then. Admittedly, my mind has been running full speed with ideas for other posts. As I read through Sue’s month of posts (usually during my breakfast- her early morning timing was impeccable for many of us to enjoy the reading at this time), I would find myself making connections later in the day and mentally composing another post myself.
The fear that goes with sharing, I think partly stems from knowing that I am always learning, and perhaps (hopefully!) my ideas and opinions that I write about today will change as I learn more. It is a little unnerving to have fluid thoughts forever frozen. Which leads into a second learning theme this year: to support teachers and students in developing a growth mindset.
I don’t want to be judged on my previously held beliefs if I’ve learned since then. This year, for me, has been a stimulating learning
journey high-speed train where I have gained so much from the perspective of others- especially when my knowledge or beliefs were challenged.
With that, I’d like to share my official caveat to all future posts: My posts are my current thoughts and ideas, but I am always excited to be challenged, learn more, and perhaps change my mind. As long as this is clear, I feel much more free to share my learning.
When I read the blog of others, I consider this as well- these are their thoughts today, based on the knowledge and experience they have had …so far.