What kind of behaviors do we need to model for our students, you might wonder. If we want our students to be risk takers, we need to be risk takers ourselves. If we want our students to create and synthesize information, we need to be creators of content and not just consumers. I remember when I took the leap from being a consumer of content to a creator of content. Yes, it was scary! Self limiting beliefs can cripple you when you try something you have never done before.
Opening The Door with Blogging
In February 2019, I started my blog, Techy Notes. My book goes into far more detail about this journey, but for the purpose of this article, when I started my blog, I was told that I had a unique story to tell. It was not one with unicorns and rainbows, but one filled with ups and downs. It was a story that demonstrated the impact that technology and connection could have on an educator.
Writing my blog has been one of the best things I have ever done. It is a reflective process that allows me to continue to grow and evolve. Like John Dewey said, “We don’t learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience. “ This is a skill we all need to embrace, both students and educators. This skill has allowed me to share my story in small, manageable steps. In the two plus years I have been writing, my confidence has grown and this process has allowed me to share my authentic self. It made me realize that my voice mattered and by sharing my voice, not only did I grow but benefited others as these reflections resonated with them.