Go. Do That…

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“…if you’re afraid of something, of putting yourself out there, of creating a kind of connection or a promise, that’s a clue that you’re on the right track. Go, do that.”            

~Seth Godin~

When they find out that I’m a fairly active blogger and tweeter, colleagues and friends often ask me why I engage in these activities. I have a wide range of responses that range from the poetic, to the pithy, to the pointed; depending upon the context and the relationship I have with the person. This isn’t about that~I assume that the fact you are reading a blog post suggests some degree of tolerance for the form and an understanding of why blogging matters in our world and, in particularly, in education.

Nope, this is about an awesome email I received from a teacher at our school:

“…this weekend I thought just a little about blogging with the kids… just a little.  And I came to the conclusion that they would have an awesome time publishing an article to the world.  Do you have time after the break to come into my class and share with them that awesome map that you showed me of having people in Oceania reading your work?  My literacy block if after recess and before lunch.

Just last week this teacher and I had been talking about the role that audience plays for all writers and how important it was to provide as rich and wide an audience for our young writers as we could. I shared the ClustrMap for my blog and how rewarding it is for me to see a graphical representation of the people who have read my posts. Obviously, the map caught my dear colleague’s interest sufficient for the invitation to be issued (and an invitation is all I ever need).

If you are curious about blogging as a medium for learning (for adults and children) and you believe that students and teachers look to the examples their leaders set, then please re-read the above quote from my colleague and understand that one of the key reasons I blog is to set that example and lead from the edge, not the mushy middle. We do need, paraphrasing Seth Godin’s words, to “put ourselves out there.”

So, if you are a school leader who is not blogging because you don’t believe that this tool and form of writing could have a profound impact on the writing capacities of all your students, go ahead, keep on not blogging. But if you think that you are ready to take the leap and start an administrator’s blog to communicate, connect and model 21st century school leadership for staff, students and community then start one~ Go, do that.

  1. March 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for the inspiration and kick in the pants to write my own post about why administrators should blog. It’s coming soon! Although not as active as I should be but getting better at be more visible with my thinking through blogging and commenting on posts, it’s leaders like you that push me (read inspire) and keep us connecting for the learning and leading of today. Hope we see each other soon F2F.

  2. March 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the response and feedback. I read a comment by Seth Godin a while back where he essentially said that we should should blog for ourselves and not get too wrapped up in who reads our posts (or how many). The reflective, short posts work really well for me and are (apparently) making some sort of impact. The process of creating the posts is one I really find to be calming 🙂

    Sure do hope we get the chance to connect f2f soon:)

    Brian

  3. April 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog post … and just accidentally “found it” through twitter! I am a teacher who has just begun the blogging process with Grade Three students. We’ve been blogging together for just over two months now, and each and every day I am amazed at the growth I see in my students, AND myself … in all the ways you’ve expressed … the writing for an authentic audience, the engagement, the personalized learning as we inquiry deeper into our “project” … and in ways that I really just DIDN’T expect! Blogging has truly flattened the walls of our classroom. It’s connected us with experts in the field, allowed us to share our insights and to grow from the thoughtful comments left by a global audience. And, you are right … our students LOVE their revolver map! They are even MORE intrigued with the Flag Counter, (we eventually had to purchase the upgraded version to get rid of some “less than appropriate” advertising … which ended up being another GREAT real world lesson in digital citizenship and safety!) Wow. I can’t imagine EVER teaching without blogging EVER again! You are a wonderful role-model for staff, students and the community … we need MORE like you! Thank you for sharing … I will be following your journey! Laurie 🙂

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