In my Twitter-world, a great group of educators who are part of the hashtag #saskedchat have created a blogging challenge for the summer. The first challenge from last week was about “What’s holding you back?” and it’s taken me this whole week to try to verbalize why, exactly, I have so much trouble blogging my thoughts on educational topics.
Watch this 17 second clip.
That’s right. Fear. I am afraid. Afraid that: #1. I don’t sound “smart enough.” Or, #2, worse, that my opinion is “wrong.” Or, #3: that a colleague will think that the post is about them.
Let me address those things as if a student had said them to me:
1: “You are smart. Reasonably intelligent, educated and a life-long learner of your craft. You got this. Go for it!”
2. “It’s an opinion. There is no wrong. Not everyone is going to agree with you and that’s okay!”
3. “Keep it professional. Anonymous. Respectful. Besides, no one reads your blog. 🙂 ”
So I know that I should take more risks.
I think it takes a lot of courage to put your ideas out into the world to be read and criticized. I am sometimes afraid to be challenged by the Incredibly Smart People.
I have been around education for quite a while and as we all do, I believe that what I do for the students in my classroom is always in their best interests. I try to better myself and my craft through continued reading, learning and application of skills. I think I need to put myself more out there in the blogging world. When I look back to previous posts that I have written, I like what I read.
I think that’s what matters.