A year ago last week, I posted my first blog entry. At that point, I had barely slept in 2 months. I was in my second semester of teaching, was working overtime to keep up with 2 groups of students in 4 preps, and spent most nights reading the archives of some teacher-blogging superheroes. My jaw was permanently dropped because they were writing about things that I didn’t think were possible in a classroom.
By now, every one of those unreachable-seeming icons of genius pedagogy have commented here at least once, and I’ve met dozens more. My blogroll has over 100 entries. I can’t believe the amount of one-on-one coaching I’ve gotten from people all over the continent. This amount and quality of feedback, modelling, and trenchant questioning was not available to me anywhere else.
Thank you for your support, for your critiques, for your suggestions of papers and books and workshops and videos and apps and sundry other ways to fill those hours between 5PM and 7AM. To those on whose blogs I have hashed out my angst in unreasonably long comments, extra thanks. I am finally starting to teach in a way that I respect, and I couldn’t have dreamt it, let alone done it, without you.
If you are reading this and wondering if you should start a blog, I would say go for it. It doesn’t cost anything to try; if it doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to follow through. But the return on investment is so high that I bet you’ll be hooked. If you’re still unsure, write to a fairly new blogger (yours truly, for example) and fire some questions at them. Chances are you’ll find what you need. I sure did.
Yay! I don’t know whether I’ve commented here yet or not, but I’m definitely reading. Keep writing your great stuff! 🙂
Mwahaha. Now my collection is complete. 😉
What a great year of blogging. I’ve learned tons from you and have really enjoyed “talking” with you through comments here and elsewhere. I second your call to people who are thinking of trying it. It’s been one of the best professional development opportunities for me and I strongly endorse jumping in.
Hi Mylene. I am delighted about what you have managed to accomplish in a year in terms of both transforming your classroom and writing a must-read blog.
You’ve been a tremendous help in my own thinking and journey as a teacher. And I was super delighted to discover your book recommendations and ideas on goodreads recently, which gives me even more great ideas to think about.
Woot. Everyone should join GoodReads (see Recent Reads, at top). It`s like Facebook for your books. I guess that would make it BookBook.
Love your stuff
This blog is one of my very favs. And I read a lot of blogs. Thanks for the good year of quality stuff.
Congrats and thank you so much for blogging. I’m excited for another year or reading, sharing, and learning.