Sunday, October 30, 2011

How Blogging has Rocked my World

October is a busy month. Professional development, conferences, meetings, lots of running my girls around. Throw in all new curriculum and the prep and you find yourself standing in the desert of your own blog.

I was selected by Nancy Carroll for the Rockstar Meme Award (#rockstarmeme), and now it's become clear that I've got some catch-up to do. Nancy writes a fab education blog full of great ideas and innovative teaching.

So how has blogging rocked my world? It's all about three things: building relationships, developing myself professionally, and reflecting.

I have come to understand the power of connecting; connecting with students, peers, parents and other teachers. It's like being a spider and throwing out your line to others. Blogging has given me many new threads, all connected to others in education. These fine educators continually inspire me and ask me to look at my own teaching. They are the ones who can share in the joy that comes from educating.

Blogging gives me ideas. It's like a giant mind-map. I can always rely on the blogs I follow to get that hamster in my head to start running on her wheel. The best part is when I come across a great idea I wasn't even looking for. It's like Christmas every day.

Lastly, blogging continually asks me to look at myself and my own practices. It's a constant check and balance. You can't pretend everything you do is perfect and without the need for improvement and change when you are always reading what other teachers are doing, and when you are writing about your own practice. Stopping reflection encourages complacency, and there is no room for that when you are responsible for kids' learning.

I am passing this #Rockstar Meme onto the following people:

Award recipients, here's your challenge:
When one is awarded the meme, according to the originator Guhlin, they are supposed to Write a Post about how Blogging has Rocked your World then:
  1. respond to the meme and link back to this blog entry
  2. leave a comment on this blog entry and then ask 5 more people to participate
  3. Notify those 5 people by sending them a quick note (a tweet prob would work).

Blog on!!


  1. Thanks Heather for taking the challenge! I like how you compare blogging to a spider's web. It truly does lead one down the line - making connections along the way.

    I really do enjoy your blog, your ideas and am so glad we connected! Thank you for sharing the names of the people you like to follow - I can't wait to make some new connections!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather, thanks for challenging me with the meme. Here is the link to the post I wrote.

    It was a difficult post to write. The words wouldn't come to me very easily. Of course, there is a lot of value in the struggle to make myself coherent. :)

  3. Hi Heather! I just saw this post! Thanks for the mention. =) I love your writing style and started following (Google Reader) your blog last fall. It's one of my favorites! =)