Sunday, August 30, 2009

Starting with Fear and Trembling

My thanks go to several experienced bloggers who have given me the confidence to get off the dime and begin my blog.

Will Richardson's post on why blogging was still hard even for him (and the insightful comments to that post from his readers) nudged me forward.

The wise admonition from Darren Rowse that all bloggers have started from zero struck me as particularly apt. So, taking his warning, I hereby overcome my desire for perfectionism and simply send this post into the blogosphere.

I was reluctant to have my identity revealed to all who might read my posts. A posting by Vicki Davis (her specific issue represented a slightly different angle than my own hesitations) convinced me to move beyond my comfort zone and flesh out my blogger profile.

A Lifetime of Learning

Since I urge my students to be prepared to continue learning during their entire lifetime, my blog posts will target my own attempts at doing so.

In 1975 I had a conversion experience religiously. Recently, thanks to the exciting material I took away from Will Richardson's Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms and Justin Reich and Thomas Daccord's Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers, by Teachers, I experienced a second rebirth--in my teaching style. At about the same time, insights from Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat convinced me that the Web is here to stay and that I, along with my students, must "learn to navigate that virtual world."