This reflection comes from the GEDI readings for this week, the links for which can be found at the bottom of this post.
This blog works as an exercise in humility. What does that mean? I mean that every time I post, comment, or reply to a comment, I make a public statement: “I am still learning. Read these words, and you’ll see my progress.” What’s more, I create an invitation. “Come learn with me.” At first glance, my idea might seem either painfully obvious or hopelessly idealistic. The beauty of the matter? It could be either or both of those things, but the idea is no less significant.
By using this blog to document my reflections and relating them to my academic interests, I give future students a show of trust. In doing so, I embrace not only hope but also accept consequences. I accept the hope that in doing so, they might know that they need not fear sharing partially-developed ideas or asking questions with me or (ideally) in the classroom. But likewise, I accept the consequence that comes by lowering myself in a public view. Lowering myself might very well lead to being viewed as foolish by students, leading to issues of respect in the classroom. It might lead to being considered idealistic by colleagues, leading to hesitancy sharing their progress with me. It might lead to being considered less professional by superiors, leading to increased scrutiny of my work.
Or maybe it might lead to none of these things as the blog never gets over a single reader. But I accept these possibilities and their ramifications because by posting to this blog, I, and by extension all the GEDI students, make several statements:
- I am honest. I’m honest about who I am. I don’t know everything about anything, and that’s okay. You can see progress. It’s linked to my peers and represents me as I am in the moment, and I choose to make that public.
- We help each other.You can see us share our thoughts and learn from one another. We accept critiques and praise alike.
- We’re committed to learning. Our blogs document not only our path towards becoming better writers or educators, but act as a reminder to students that learning persists throughout life, and begins by saying “I don’t know everything, but I’d like to learn a little about something.”
Reading Links Copied From Week One of the Spring 2019 Contemporary Pedagogy Course.
- Gardner Campbell, “Networked Learning as Experiential Learning” (2016)
- Doug Belshaw “Working Openly On the Web” (2014)
- Tim Hitchcock “Twitter and Blogs are Not Just Add-ons To Academic Research” (2014)
- Seth Godin and Tom Peters on Blogging (2009) (YouTube)
- TEDxMHK: Michael Wesch – What Baby George Taught Me About Learning (2016) (YouTube)