For Reflection, Not Perfection

This week I’ve tuned into lots of online chatter about the purpose of blogging. How do we reflect?  How do we share? Where are the conversations? What technology makes reflection easier?

In the back of my mind for some time, has been this piece by Dean Shareski: I Don’t Read Your Blog  It made me uncomfortable, and that’s what made me pay more attention to it.

Bill Ferriter added a wonderful post this week about sustainable blogging in times of increasing “polish” in popular blogs, including a microcast – a simple way to create reflective content.  Heather Theijsmeijer contributed her thinking on the importance of a space for reflection, and how she hopes to manage her workflow to include dedication to that reflection.  I’m still trying to work out how to build a workflow that includes curating for educators in my district, reflecting on what I learn each week, and composing more polished pieces as blog posts, podcasts and newsletters.

Recently, I created a space for rough ideas that need further development, and for the ideas that make me uncomfortable:

Earlier today, I added my notes on the January 2018 talk by Sir Ken Robinson, where he asks us to consider what it is that ensures people flourish?

I’ve been trying to document some of the great learning from my Professional Learning Network to share with educators.  Most educators in my district have email as their primary connection with digital content, so I chose MailChimp to deliver the content to their Inbox.  Today’s selections can be found here.

I’ve been working on this newsletter since the summer.  If you are interested in seeing other issues, the full list (Including the signup option), is here.

I hope you will share your suggestions with me about what needs to be included in the newsletters.  The Twitter list I am building (through the newsletter) to help educators become networked can be found here.


There is plenty to learn from the writing of our colleagues, especially for our educators who work in small and isolated schools, where there may not be many colleagues for rich learning conversations.  Let’s continue to encourage educators to make their thinking and learning visible to others.


Learning is social.  We need each other.



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