Three incidents today, all tied up in the same big idea, but each their own moment1. The moments first. This morning I was in a meeting with several of my colleagues on a curriculum project. One of today’s tasks was to finalize a naming scheme for several fo the files in the release of the […]Read More Letting Go Of What You Love
I’m working with a couple groups of teachers next week who want to explore the idea of blogging as a way of promoting inquiry and professional growth in their practice. As I’ve proposed to one group, here’s the session description as I’m thinking of it: We’re on the third generation of writing tools for […]Read More Faking It
I’m writing tonight from a room at the National Writing Project’s Resource Development Retreat in Denver. I’ve been here the last couple of days, working to build some resources and support some other folks to get things made. Several of the NWP’s initiatives and projects are represented here, and there’re folks working on making assignments […]Read More On Turning 39
The title of this post will likely bug some folks because it’s a fairly obvious statement. Except I see plenty of teachers, well-meaning and kind-hearted every one, requiring students to post work they do in class online. Without exception or choice in the matter. They require this work to be posted publicly for a number […]Read More If Public Isn’t an Option, Then It Isn’t a Choice
A couple of years ago, when I was doing some regular work for an area art museum, my daughter, Ani, asked me if, on our next trip to visit the museum, it’d be okay if we took along some of her artwork to show the museum. That was a tricky conversation we had to have […]Read More Where’s Your Refrigerator?
It was a real treat to get to spend an hour in conversation with some of my blogging and writing teachers on Thursday. We were assembled at Connected Learning TV by Jabiz to talk about student blogging. I hope we get to have round two soon – there was plenty more to talk about. Here’s […]Read More Follow Up to Today’s (Well, Okay, Yesterday’s) Blogging Conversation
I’m taking a break from writing up the implications portion of my thesis by coming over here to write some more. I’m beginning to get to the place in my research that I have some definite things to say about what I found out. But I’m having some trouble saying them. Not because I know […]Read More Ruminations on Implications: Notes from the Thesis
Rebecca Blood, a lifetime ago in Internet time, : We are being pummeled by a deluge of data and unless we create time and spaces in which to reflect, we will be left with only our reactions. And when I read Dean yesterday talking of owning one’s space to share one’s words, and then Tony’s […]Read More "Pummeled by a Deluge"
I had the opportunity to hear Paul Allison, one of my favorite teachers, talk at length about his work with Youth Voices yesterday. Usually, Paul’s asking about others’ work, or showcasing the work he’s doing – but not talking about the thinking behind the work. And I like it when he does so. I hope […]Read More #ISTE11: On Longitudinal Web Presences for Writing, Learning, Being
I’m spending more and more time in the spaces between the lines. Or, at least, my thoughts are. In my writing lately, I’ve been gravitating to the parenthetical, to the notes in the margins that surround the text.1 Whatever it is, I find myself seeking some middle ground between the tweet and the blog post.2 […]Read More The Parenthetical