I’d almost forgot what the joy of teaching feels like; but this week I felt it again. One of the students in my graduate class was struggling with her course blog. In her post, “Why Do I Have to Blog” she says,
I have been struggling with that question this week as my old self and my new self struggle to become comfortable with this relatively new form of communication. I have been whining all week about what I should blog about, who cares what I think anyway, who is really reading all these blogs, etc.
She searches around for some inspiration…her post conitnues:
So I turned to the Education World site to see if anything there would jog my desire to post to my blog. As I began reading an article on that site, I noticed a link for the author’s blog. I decided to see what he was blogging about and proceeded to have my first AHA! moment while blogging. The first sentence of Miguel Guhlin’s blog was talking about Pete Reilly’s (Ed Tech Journeys) recent blog post. With just a few clicks of my mouse I was able to become a ‘virtual’ part of a conversation between professionals in a field I’m choosing to learn more about.
So, she got the initial “AHA” and the big idea.
The power of having a learning community on-line is becoming a reality for me.
But the ‘icing on the cake’ was during class last Thursday when she explained how overwhelmed she was that the author of the article in Education World, Miguel Guhlin, had left an extensive Comment on her post.
The reach and the democracy of the RRW was finally real for her. Blogging is no longer an abstract concept, for this excited teacher; she has felt its power. She can see the power it might have for her students.
She learned something meaningful and relevant.
This is the joy of teaching!
ps. A second theme for this might be that this learning did not come from me, acting as the class teacher. All I, the teacher, did was set the table for the learning to take place. It was the energy of the learner that actually produced the learning. This is the new role of the teacher…and the beauty is…I still feel great.
pps. Thank you Miguel for being a model for our learning community.