To Blog or Not To Blog. Is It Even a Question?

Posted: August 14, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Today marks the end of my summer classes. Other than proctoring Regents exams next week, I am free until August 22 when the fall semester begins. My high school starts back on August 31 with two days of PD. This will be the first break from school that I have had since last Christmas. I know, it doesn’t seem like much downtime, but I’ll take it.

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This blogging class has been my favorite class so far. It forced me to do something that I had talked about doing for over a year. Even better, developing a presence on Twitter was also part of the curriculum, something else that I wanted to learn how to do. I loved being part of a blogging group, reading each other’s posts and commenting, sharing our experiences and thoughts. I met some really great people, some of whom I really connected with and hope to continue that friendship moving forward (shout out to my blogging buddy Joanna!). I particularly enjoyed those posts that brought me back to my childhood. Thanks, Julie! I’m heading upstairs this afternoon to dig out those books and revisit Silky and Moonface! I might even make myself a full Irish for breakfast tomorrow. So many wonderful memories! And I found so many great ideas.

On that note, I joined the Math Twitter Blogosphere (MTBoS) for their August Blogging Challenge. My goal was to post something every single day in August. I hadn’t missed a day until yesterday. In my defense, I had numerous assignments all due by today for my classes, and while I have spent the week slowly hammering them out, I spent all day yesterday working on my final paper for Edtech 504. I crawled into bed at 12:30 and realized I forgot to post anything. Not only that but the day was already over. So my new goal is to post something for the remaining days in August. I’m pretty proud of myself so far, even if I did have to revisit my initial goal. It’s all about not giving up. As my blogging professor has mentioned numerous times, “You get out of it what you put into it.”

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Now I’m off to catch up on the Blaugust posts I haven’t had time to read!

 

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Comments
  1. Congratulations Lisa on finishing up your classes and reaching your goals! Once again, our similarities are undeniable, and yes I am looking forward to my one week off before “school” starts!
    I also thinking it is fantastic that you reached your blogging goals, and when you missed just one day, you didn’t give up. You just readjusted your goals. I think that is an important lesson for our students.
    Looking forward to keeping in touch through this wonderful thing called social media and hopefully collaborating some more in future classes.
    Enjoy your week off!!

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      I agree. I took Edtech 504 this summer and did a lot of research on the growth mindset theory. I’m working on making sure my own mindset is focused on growth so that I can change my students’ fixed mindsets. We will definitely stay in touch!

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  2. You’re my hero. I have loved looking at your posts this semester and reading your thoughts about certain things. Thanks for sharing.

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      You are so sweet! I’m glad you were able to find something here. I enjoyed your posts as well. I think sometimes elementary, and high school teachers don’t realize that we have more in common than we think!

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  3. Frederick Reyes says:

    I can relate in regard to being in school for 8 months straight; I’m exhausted! This class has been a shock for me, it was a class that I didn’t look forward to, or held much interest in. Yet the presentation of this class along with the assignments given has inspired me to accede that blogging can work in the program that I teach. No doubt that this will be a mountain to climb, but once on the top the roll down should get easier and hopefully I will gain a worthwhile tool to add to my arsenal.

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  4. lisakmcleod says:

    So exhausted! I love hearing all the different viewpoints. I enrolled in two of the certificate programs within the MET masters program. Since each requires one of the core classes plus two more classes I only had one elective left that I could choose for pure pleasure. This one was my one choices and I loved it just as much as I thought I would. I dreaded 504 but it turns out I enjoyed that one too! I’m such a nerd…..

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