You know sometimes you have those moments when it takes a little longer for something very obvious to click, but when it hits you….it HITS you?! Not to offend anyone, for me personally they are called blonde moments. 🙂
That was me last night in one of my favorite Twitter chats that I participate in on Sunday nights. #iaedchat Okay, if I am being honest, it really HIT me in the early hours of this morning.
The question posed was about Digital Portfolios. I instantly thought about how students submit work for their own portfolio, and joined the tweets with this perspective. What I neglected to think about in that moment was blogging as a digital portfolio. I’m not sure why! I have read George Couros’s blog on this concept and discussed it with other Twitter friends out there. Like I said, blonde moment!
As a teacher, my students blogged and looked back at their blogs to reread things and learn from people who responded. As a parent, I went through a time where my daughter and I were establishing her blog presence in a way we both agreed upon. 🙂 You see, what a 3rd grader wants to freely blog about and what her mother feels is okay are sometimes different. I realized I needed to teach this digital understanding before just letting her go!
Why in the world did I not think about my own blog as my Digital Portfolio?
Not a clue! I guess I have always thought of blogging as showing student learning or reflecting my thoughts – not my learning or work. I have actually referenced this blog to show examples of digital projects I did with certain age groups to someone else so they could try them. Isn’t that one reason we, as teachers, would have a portfolio? To keep track of our learning and share with others.
Why do we, teachers, not think WE need to have a Digital Portfolio?
It’s a new kind of thinking! Maybe we just need to change the way we think about our purpose of blogging?
How do we shift from using blogs to show the things our students can do to using them for our reflection, growth, and our digital portfolio? Or can they be the same?
If we are consciously thinking of this, maybe just this shift in thinking is what it will take. Some teachers I know think of blogging as reflecting on their learning, but many teachers think blogging is a way to document and show what they are doing with their students for the parents. My first few years blogging, this is exactly why I blogged. But wait..can’t you blog to reflect on learning, use as your digital portfolio, and show what your students are doing?
Now that I am thinking more about my blog not just as a reflecting spot for my learning, but as my digital portfolio, I can blog with the perspective that I will continually refer back to these entries to share with others and to see how much I have grown. Like an anchor chart! Funny thing is, I have used it this way! Just like we hope for our students when they blog, when others comment and question my entries it makes me rethink and question my thoughts. This deepens the learning for all of us! How awesome is that? It doesn’t mean if I blog it can only be geared one way.
It just means this…..
I am growing! I am putting my learning process out there so that I can refer back to it whenever I need to. I have found a new love for writing through blogging. How is that? It forces me to reflect on my learning experiences which leads to even more growth by reflection. That is all I can ask for!
I guess I can say my blonde or Aha moment created an awesome reflecting and growing opportunity for me! 🙂