Well, we are finishing our first week of the EVO blogging session, and I thought I should take a moment to think about it.
I have really enjoyed the opportunity to become acquainted with so many people from all over the world who are interested in the same things I am. I have enjoyed learning from everyone -- even from other beginners like myself. Everyone has something to contribute. It's great!
I have also enjoyed being "forced" to get going with blogging. A "presenter" at an online conference on professional development that I have been involved in for several weeks just asked what is it that gets us to introduce innovation to our classrooms, what kind of professional development. My response was that I usually have to be introduced to it and given a chance to use the technique or tool or whatever until I become comfortable with it before I am willing to try in with my students. At the time, I wasn't thinking about blogging, but I can see the pattern repeating itself here. I am exploring the tool in a group setting that is, to one degree or another, forcing me to keep going. I am already so much more comfortable with it. At the end of 6 weeks, I am sure that I will be ready to use it with my students. And I will keep blogging as a means of professional reflection.
So I would like to thank everyone who is participating in this session, beginners and old pros alike, for allowing me to walk among you for this past week. I am really looking forward to next week!