Starting action

The idea of writing my own blog has been rattling around in my head for over a year now. I’m an avid reader of blogs, a consumer instead of a producer. I regularly read and see blog posts about the importance of blogging for educators. Here are a few that I’ve re-read on many occasions and all confirm the benefits of blogging as a reflective tool.

As I found these posts again, I noticed they were all written sometime in 2011. I read them in 2011 and saved them in diigo to re-read, thinking they’d kick me into creating my own. Interestingly, I don’t seem to have saved any from this year – I’m thinking maybe I’ve stopped reading any posts that look like they’ll reaffirm the power of blogging and as a result, remind me again that I’m yet to act on my intention.

But I heard something recently and it seems to be the push I needed. I am involved in the Education Changemaker program and the idea that

intentions without actions are worthless

was explored and really hit me. I have the intentions (to create a blog, to do this with my students, to do that with staff … the list goes on and on) and I think about these intentions constantly but I’m not taking it any further – I’m not acting. Aaron and Dave also encouraged us to

don’t worry, be crappy

So – here goes. This push comes at a great time. My learning over the past few weeks has been exponential. Crazy. So much is happening here. So much learning. So much thinking.

It’s time to start reflecting. 

I hope that by spending time reflecting and writing about my experiences, my thoughts, my challenges and my new understandings, I will continue to improve as an educator. Having this space to record and reflect, I believe, will help move my intentions to actions.

I hope, as Steve Wheeler said in 2011, blogging will raise my game.

30 thoughts on “Starting action

  1. Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to the education blogosphere. Producing and contributing is a great leap from researching and consuming. Reflecting on your practice is a productive way to do this. I wish you luck and fun in this pursuit. Enjoy your students and enjoy your blog.

    Check out Edublog’s Teacher Challenge, http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/about/, for lessons on how to write a blog, a class blog and build a personal learning network. Also, use Twitter and other social networking tools to advertise your posts and further your reflection. There are subject specific chats that you might wish to participate in as well.

    Looking forward to your posts,
    Shawn

  2. Hello Jessica. It’s great to see you blogging! I’m looking forward to your posts and how you can involve your students. Blogging is a wonderful way to share your learning with a community that values your contributions. Have fun!
    Leanne

    • Hi Leanne,
      I love this idea “blogging is a wonderful way to share your learning with a community that values your contributions”. Certainly that is how I feel when I read other educators blogs because I always learn something new or they help me to re-think an idea or practice in another way. I’m looking forward to sharing my learning journey. Thank you for your support.
      Jessica

  3. Hey Jess, great to see you blogging 🙂 I know exactly what you mean about good intentions but no action. It took me ages to start a personal blog and I still find it difficult to keep it up-to-date. I know that you’ll have lots of interesting things to share and I’m looking forward to reading your t houghts and reflections.

    • Hi Pam,
      It’s been a long time in the making! We’ll see how it goes. I am excited to use the space to reflect on everything that I am learning up here and hope that by doing so, my focus will be clearer and my actions more consistant. Kind of like being accountable to myself?!
      As always, thank you for your support 🙂
      Jess

  4. Good for you Jessica. I have just started my own professional blog this past weekend so I share a lot of your feelings. But George Couros said ‘put it out there and let the world decide’ and I am taking that as my mantra! Sometimes you just have to get down and dirty and figure it out as you go. Good luck!
    Mary

    • Hi there Mary,
      So George had an influence on you too?! This has been something on my list of things to do for a long time so it’s a great feeling to finally begin. I, like you, will be figuring it out as I go – but I guess that’s the best way to learn. And as I mentioned above, the idea ‘don’t worry, be crappy’ really hit home for me. This may be crappy but at least I’ve started the journey and it can only improve!
      Kind regards,
      Jessica

  5. Jessica, I know exactly what you mean. I have not yet started my own blog. Something you wrote struck me. I’m sure I’ve read about it before but it wasn’t until I read it here that I would have considered a blog for a space to reflect on my own practices. I have always been hesitant because I figured if I wasn’t sharing something new, for what purpose was a blog? I now feel empowered to start a blog as a vehicle for my own reflection. Go figure. Thanks, Jessica.

    • Peter,
      Wow – thank you so much for sharing this with me. Please share your blog when you get it started and we can learn together. I think it doesn’t matter what you share, someone, somewhere will learn something from you. But at the end of the day, I’m hoping I will learn just as much through the process of reflecting on what I am doing in my classroom and school. Moreover, if we are thinking about and documenting how we can be better today than we were yesterday, our intentions will become actions and the quality of our practice will surely improve.
      I wish you all the best and look forward to following your journey,
      Jessica

  6. I hear you! I love your first blog and have recently started myself for the same reasons. Keep going, you are certainly not crappy. Your first intention is now in action. What’s next?

    • Hi Kerry, thank you for your encouragement. Please share your blog – I’d love to follow along and learn together. What next? To keep the momentum going and put other intentions into actions, then reflect of course 🙂

  7. Jessica,
    Kudos to you! Look at that – you’ve “joined the conversation!” What will your blog be about? Reflections? Stories? Advice?

    I started mine (http://geniushour.blogspot.com) in Fevpnruary, because I wanted to share with my colleagues my notes, ideas, and reactions to the new way I was attacking independent reading in my class. It’s grown – it used to be just my notes. Then I started asking questions, then I started tweeting them out, and when school begins again, it will be a place for my class to show off what they’re learning during independent reading.

    I hope you see the benefit yourself, now that you’ve started. I hope you have another goal now… Looking forward to your next post to see the direction you take! You might then want to register it here – https://clivesir.wikispaces.com/Ed+Blog+Register – I sometimes just peruse the list to see if there are new ones I’ve missed following.

    Enjoy!
    -Joy Kirr (@JoyKirr)

    • Hi Joy, thank you for your comment and the links. Will definitely check out the list of blogs to add to my reader. Cheers, Jess

  8. Jessica,
    Yes, it definitely will raise your game. I can’t believe the transformation of my life and teaching in the past years of blogging and joining the conversation! Welcome and best wishes. I love the “Don’t worry, be crappy” quote, but as Kerry said, no worries about that!

    Sincerely,
    Denise Krebs

    • Thanks Denise. Isn’t it great ~ ‘don’t worry, be crappy’ ~ Dave and Aaron have coined a winner there! It really helped me get over that initial fear of starting. Thanks again for your support 🙂

  9. Awesome that you are sharing and I am honoured that you shared one of my posts. Reflection is the best form of learning so you should think about how you implement this time for your students. How do they have time to actually sit, connect, and reflect on their learning. If we actually just slowed down as teachers and had kids actually write about what they have learned and use the web to connect their ideas, I really believe that they would do so much better. You modelling this, will only help to push how that would work with students even further.

    Welcome to the blogosphere! We are so happy to have you 🙂

    George

    • Hi George,
      What can I say? Your recent visit to little old Adelaide really helped to get the ball moving here because the idea of ensuring we create our own digital footprint was something playing on my mind after CEGSA. Thank you for your advice and support 🙂
      Jess

  10. Hi Jess
    I have learnt so much from you and here I go again! Iknow our teaching time together is coming to an end but I now see how we will remain IT friends wherever our school life takes us. I also know that through this Blog And your reflections I will continue to learn from a young master!

    • Chris! I’m honoured to read such supportive comments but more importantly, I’m just so happy to see you connecting online and joining the conversations! I think it is fantastic that you are always ready to have a go at learning something new and this proves again your passion for education and learning (not that this needs to be proved to me!). A truly inspiring leader 🙂 Thanks again for your ongoing support, Jess

  11. Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to the blogosphere from me too!

    Been trying to come back to your post all day since I read it early this morning to congratulate you and to say loved the line ‘Don’t worry, be crappy”! Busy day 🙂

    Any way love the line! Great approach to take and while I didn’t say exactly that on my updated post on writing effective posts it was fairly similar ( http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/2011/01/13/kick-start-activity-2-–-beginner-–-effective-and-engaging-blog-posts/#what ). I even gave a link to my first post. If I had never taken those first steps I would be doing what I do now.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Hi Sue,

      It is a great line from Dave and Aaron (@EduChangemakers) and is just a fantastic mantra to live by. Without having a go, we’ll never move anywhere. I’m excited to have started and be on the blogging journey. Thanks for your support 🙂

      Regards, Jess

  12. Jessica,
    Congrats on your first post! Woohoo! I am always encouraging other colleagues to start a blog, even if it’s private, to reflect on the learning, practice, and personal growth. Sharing with your PLN will offer even more connections and opportunities for conversations.

    I have been blogging for almost a year now, with my teaching partner @annottmar. It has been very rewarding and rejuvenating. (I was inspired by Pernille Ripp.) Whether our thinking is confirmed or challenged, blogging is a learning experience I continue to appreciate.

    Looking forward to reading more!

    ~Celina
    @celinabrennan
    http://www.themindsofbreott.blogspot.com

    • Celina,
      Your words affirm that starting this will be worthwhile. I love the idea that blogging has helped rejuvenate you! How powerful is that. Thank you for your support and I look forward to following and connecting with you and Ann.
      Cheers, Jess

  13. I love the quote “don’t worry, be crappy”. I have just ventured into starting my own blog as well. I look forward to following your learning and hope that I can turn my intentions into actions as well!
    Good luck!

    • Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for commenting. Please share your blog so we can learn together and keep each other on track with our actions 🙂
      Cheers, Jess

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