great blog posting by Dean Shareski here that talks about not only why he blogs, but the cyclical and reflective nature blogging takes when compared to his teaching. i particularly like when Dean talks about the times he would try new methods in his classroom not only to see if it was more effective, but also so that he could blog about it and find out what his online colleagues thought about it all. as a matter of course we ask students to journal and free write to get their thoughts out so that they can start to think about them critically, but we as adult educators often fail to do that exact thing. are we hypocritical? there are all the excuses in the world for why we are too busy or have nothing to say but did we accept those excuses from our students when they refused to pick up their pencils? i’ll add one more reason to blog/journal/write and that is to clear space. its almost as if getting the thoughts out somehow compacts them and makes space for new thoughts, otherwise i have the same old thoughts tumbling around my head, taking up far more space than they are due.
why “we” blog