Tomorrow is the first work day for teachers. We have a new principal who was hired in July, and I have not met yet. There are several new teachers on board, and therefore, several gone. Personal feelings aside, I am faced with two great collaborators, role models and friends gone. Fortunately, both have moved to administrative positions where they will be instrumental in advocating for libraries, collaboration, and a research model focusing on the ever thoughtful essential question–and, yes, blogging.
I suppose I can feel good that I have worked and grown along with these wonderful teachers, and will continue to nurture the collaborative process with our new teachers.
As I prepare to hand out my teacher packet with all the hows and whys of our library service I will have a new section on blogging and the read/write web.
For the most part this first day will be busy with getting new teachers settled with overhead projectors, TVs, computers and making those first connections to open the door for collaborating throughout the year.
While these words are not terribly insightful or remarkable- the fact that I am writing at all is. As I attempt to use this space for my own professional reflections, on a regular basis, I can’t be worried what other people may think about what I write. I write for myself. I blog to learn from my teaching, and to incorporate what I read, hear, and see from the wide world.
Blogging is a process-the medium. Through this process I work, learn and reflect, analyze and archive it all. If I could accomplish the same process through another medium that would be fine too- but blogs sure are the most motivating process for me-ever.