As I look back on 2014, I thank those who have inspired my thinking. Ben Wilkoff started the #ilearnfrom hashtag, and I use it frequently in thanks to those that share so that others like myself may learn, grow, and share too.
One way I learn is by writing my thoughts, reflections, lessons, strategies, etc. in my blogs. What #ilearnfrom Ben recently is that although communicating is good, sharing is better. He’s starting #C4C15, a community to share — share comments to blogs to begin a conversation– “Comments for Community in 2015.” He is expanding the power of blogging by creating conversations. It’s an idea I’ve pondered before in a post about “conversations.” It’s why I often blog about the tweets that direct me to think about or do something, which is how I can write my #140WC 140 word count blog posts — I carry on the conversation of others’ ideas. Ben carries it further by formalizing it. Read his post — and join– as you can. That’s the other thing about challenges and ideas, modify them as needed to fit your situation. But do add your ideas from other’s ideas — comment on their blog [or reply to a tweet], and post your ideas. Get the conversations rolling!
From where will you get your ideas?
Ben offers several ideas — Go to the blogs listed in Twitter profiles, look at the recommendations in sidebars of other bloggers, use Nuzzle and/or Feedly. And, for 2014, here are 14 of my favorite blogs:
TeachThought – Learn better. Thought Leadership and Practice
Edutopia | K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work Strategies That Work
Blog | Educator Innovator Strategies in Practice
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL Reflection on Teaching
MindShift | How we will learn Strategies, Leadership, and Practice — The Future of Learning
Free Technology for Teachers — Tech Tools and Tips by Richard Byrne
Digital Is Blogs by Educators in the National Writing Project’s Education Community
User Generated Education | Education as it should be – passion-based. Leadership and Practice by Jackie Gerstein
wwwatanabe Strategies, HowTos, Leadership, Lessons by Tracy Watanabe
Learning is Change “frame the shift toward authenticity in all learning spaces” by Ben Wilkoff
Reflections on Teaching by Alice Mercer
Starr Sackstein, MJE, NBCT – Changing the world, one mind at a time and Kasey Bell’s Shake Up Learning – Shake Up Learning Blog Learn Google Apps and more
Will you join the conversations?
Even if not for each day, how about once a week? twice a month? Set your goal and help build a more connected blogosphere. And write your own #ilearnfrom …. as you stand on the shoulders of giants.
Join the #140 Challenge! See sidebar.
Geeky Gramma ~~
Retired Middle School Language Arts Teacher ~~
Writer and Thinker