True confessions of a novice blogger.
I first created this blog in 2005 and have only written three entries. They are now in the trash. Why? I am not really sure why. I can only guess it is fear, fear of the unknown, fear of being mocked, of not being worthy. I am only back here because I have asked my grad students to blog, and now want to ask my high school students to do the same. It didn’t seem fair to require my students to do something I was unwilling to do myself.
I have started this blog entry four times….
The first entry was about my frustrations with standardized testing. I know I am just adding my voice to the choir. Maybe it is because I teach in an urban high school where the kids just don’t buy-in to the test. My students are smarter than those who create the test because they get it that the tests are not a true measure of who they are. My students are the statistics, statistics that lie. My last benchmark results showed that my students performed at 52 percent proficient. Ha. What they don’t show are the girl who sits in the first row with 100% correct on the first day, who never finished the test because she was sick, or the MG kid in the fourth row who is quite capable of scoring advanced yet refuses to take it because the test means nothing to him. What is it getting him? I am frustrated because I see my students, I see their potential, their creativity, their true ability, something a standardized test result will never show. If I am this frustrated, imagine how my students feel….
The second attempt at blogging was about my experience on twitter. Those of you reading this are already on twitter and many have described their experience with twitter and their PLN much better than I ever could. Enough said.
The third attempt at blogging was just a highlight of all the bloggers I have read. I stand in awe of these people. I have learned about inclusion and all matters special ed from Ira Socol, Karen Janowski, and Deven Black. I continue to learn about 21st century learning as I read Sheryl NussbaumBeach, Steven Anderson, Lucy Gray, Vicki Davis and Will Richardson. My favorite General Education blogs, Jonathan Becker, Chris Lehmann, Dean Shareski, Larry Ferlazzo, Lee Kolbert. My new Philly connection MaryBeth Hertz. So if this blog does nothing else other than offer some great bloggers to check out, then I have done something right.
More true confessions….
I know I should be doing something with the sidebar in this blog but what?
Many of my grad students are smarter than me.
I am scared to death to walk into the room at educon.
I love playing Texas Holdem in AC.
So, I have gotten to the end. Funny, this blog was much better when I was tossing it around my head. The blank page before me erased all those well-constructed thoughts…