Peonies, Pedagogy and Other Points had fine alliteration and it did mean something to me when I chose it however having the word Peonies in the title just hasn't fit how this blog has evolved.
|This is just one of my peonies!|
When I started here in February 2011 (as partial requirement for a grad course) I thought it could, would hold more than 'just' my thoughts about my pedgagogy as I began to blog with my students.
I am a gardener too. I had intended to infuse the blog with personal anecdotes about gardening along the North Atlantic but it just didn't materialize. (I'll have to find a different space for that!)
This blog has had a steady, if not as frequent as I wished, focus on blogging. (Still as grad student and I would love to be blogging more often instead of researching but it is worth the sacrifice!)
I wanted to document and share different aspects of the journey I have taken as a elementary teacher who was determined to incorporate technology into the curriculum. I wanted to articulate and reflect on my own thinking as I moved to establish blogs with my grade fives.
I also wanted to provide opportunities for my students to experience, and become experienced in 21st century skills for authentic purposes, not as an add-on to what we were already doing. I aimed to have them composing creatively and reading critically as they built up their strategies for dealing effectively with on-line texts in various ways. Hopefully along the way they would begin to further develop their interest in lifelong learning with the 'cool tools'.
While I feel I can say I was more or less on the right track I have come to wish I could start all over again with that first class two years ago and do some things differently!
To be honest I have learned so much in the last year or so I almost started this blog over as well but the beauty of blogging lies in the reflective and recursive paths you can take re-reading your own works! Right?I
As for the new name... I feel I am
~still on the edge of learning about the power of blogging for myself and with my students
~still on the edge of seeking and sustaining the connective writing, and collaborative conversations such bloggers as Will Richardson, Linda Yollis and Kathleen Morris have achieved!
~still on the edge of flattening my classroom walls (Thanks Vicki Davis & Julie Lindsay!)
~still on the edge of involving my parents in the transformation blogging affords.
~still on the edge of sharing my learning with my colleagues in a wider way though I have presented and mentored and modelled where and whenever I can! ( Some have Twitter now and that's been my PLN in ways I couldn't have imagined.)
As well I am on the edge of my last few years of teaching but still feel motivated to be a learner with my students, for my students. It's exciting to try new things and you can't be afraid to take risks...
Sometimes jumping in is the best approach and that is certainly what I have tried to model! (You do have to have some lifelines though when working with tech, or a back-up plan for sure!)
And living on the coast...
the Atlantic edge of Canada
where sometimes it can seem you are so far away from all the cutting edge happenings ...
well I know that isn't the case.
(And that's the one of beauties of blogging - it doesn't matter what edge of what coast at all!)
You just have to begin and seek what you are curious about, look for further advice or information and ideas.
Post! Tweet! Bookmark! Share! Ask! Learn! Teach! Whatever edge you're on or at!
So From the Edge it is!