Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Diving in!!


This my first post, so I guess I'll just dive in. As my family would tell you, I am a caffeine junky... my kids try to block Starbucks and Caribou Coffee signs as we drive, so that I won't pull in for a fix. I also find sipping coffee to be very relaxing. Something about meeting a friend or my husband for coffee makes me stop and take a breather in the middle of a hurried day.

I hope this blog will be a place for me to reflect on life and work. It will also give me a chance to experience blogging first-hand to apply in my professional life as a technology trainer for educators. In some cases, I think a weblog would be a great place for teachers and students to connect on a more personal level - a level that limited time in the classroom might not allow for. Perhaps teachers will learn a little something more about their students than why they didn't do their homework or missed class.

I also hope weblogs are allowing teachers a place to publish their students' formal writing or art work. Whether formal writing or other, just getting kids to put their thoughts in writing is an important life skill. Imagine the difference between putting a grade on a piece paper and handing it back to a student -probably only to end up in the nearest garbage can on the way out of school or in the bottom of a locker- versus the pride a student might feel to have their writing on the Internet for others to read and comment on. Talk about collaboration!!!

I hope to use this blog both personally and professionally. I have been reading some of the best out there to try to see what this is all about:

http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
http://weblogg-ed.com/

So, that's it... just getting started.

2 comments:

Vicki A. Davis said...

Keep going, Kelly! You can do it! You are reading me and calling me one of the best (what a compliment) and I started last November! I still feel like a newbie. I think that the way that I built readership was both by linking to blogs of others (that is how I found you) and by commenting on their blogs in a meaningful way. Come on and comment! People will see your meaningful words and then will want to read what you have to say!

The particularly excellent part of this blog posting was your writing about what you'd like to see posted on the blogs. I'm a big believer in posting student work (with privacy considerations, of course). I hope you will too!

Keep it up!

JenW said...

Hi Kelly

Welcome to the world of blogging!!

I am wondering more about your job -- its what I do as well -- and I would love to talk with you more!!!

Your blog also looks very professional -- not at all like a blogger.

I hope to see you around in the world of blogging.