I love blogs! I really love reading blog posts written by people from all over the world. I learn so much from the writings of others. It has been suggested to me a few times that I start blogging. I’ve read posts from people I follow on twitter about the importance of blogging. Yet, I haven’t been able to get myself to take the leap. You see, I’m perfectly happy learning from others! I’ve questioned whether or not I even have anything worth writing. I’ve finally started to re-think the need to become a blogger.

I follow the blogs of some great teachers like  Pernille Ripp, Mimi Yang & Josh Stumpenhorst. These folks are classroom teachers who are willing to take a few minutes out of their day to share their thoughts about teaching and learning. I learn from their experiences and I even share what I learn with others. This week I had to create a Professional Development Plan. As I wrote my professional learning goals for this year, I included my twitter PLN as one of the resources necessary to accomplish my goals. When a colleague asked me about including that, my response was, “Of course I’ll use my twitter PLN!” Then it hit me…I’m a user! That’s what I do. I use the people I follow on twitter. I soak up every bit of insight and information I can. I am a master retweeter. Yet, I never add to the conversation. One would think I don’t have any positive experiences worth sharing. But I do! I have wonderful students who are venturing into the world of 1:1, student centered learning, standards based education and multiple literacy strategies. There’s a lot going on in my classes! Maybe it’s time to share. I realize it’s not about me. It’s about them. People don’t need to hear what I have to say. People need to hear what my students are doing and learning and what they have to say about all of it.

I’m not sure any of this will benefit anyone, but if I expect my students to work with each other and not just side-by-side, then I have to model that as well. I expect them to contribute in class, so I guess I need to step up and contribute too! I’ll share what we are learning and if it helps, that’s great. If it doesn’t…well, let’s just hope it does!

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