Today in a workshop we are discussing why we blog and should we have students blog? These are hard questions. Our facilitators have asked us to do a sample blog on any topic.
1. Why do I blog?
It started during grad school for me. There’s only so much discussion you can have in class, and learning about race/gender/class was new for me. I had a lot to say and a lot to process. Also filtering it through the gospel was essential. I found I needed an outlet. It seems there is some audience for it, but then again, maybe it IS just egocentric. I do wish that more people would respond and comment to encourage more of a dialogue. How can I adjust my writing to evoke thoughts from others? Some of my friends think that I am the expert on these issues, and maybe I need to do a better job expressing that I’m certainly not. I’m working all of this out bit by bit, and never fully or perfectly.
I also think it’s helpful to respond to what I’m reading/thinking/listening to instead of simply being a consumer of ideas. This is what I want from my students, so I need to model it.
2. Should students blog?
My gut reaction is an emphatic yes. But it’s complicated (much like race/gender/class). How do we organize them if all teachers want to have a blog? How can students create a digital portfolio that will track their progress and process throughout their classes and through the years. I think it can be so valuable, especially as we seek to integrate disciplines. Mostly I want kids to learn and share…over and over. Be participants in their learning. Be actively engaged. Be curious. Do research. Hear from each other…
I have a feeling it’s going to be a
crazy exciting year.