Monday, January 25, 2010

Thing #3

As I mentioned in Thing #1, I hope that the blog is pleasant to view and read. I really enjoyed making the avatar. She is probably why it has taken so long. I know that I need to tweak some things, but it is now up and running. I have wanted to do this for a while, but wasn't sure about all the specifics. The idea that I have a place to connect with a large number of people is a little sobering. I will need to be sure that I do not let the accessibility keep me from finding my voice.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Thing #2

In looking into the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Successful Lifelong Learners I realized that my parents had taught me using a similar philosophy. Learning was always my responsibility. My father believed that you had to have certain skills to survive in the world and if you had not learned those skills, you had to know how or where to access them. Challenges were not problems, but puzzles to be worked and solved. So for me, being a lifelong learner is not the challenge, it will be creating my own learning toolbox and competently learning to use technology so that I can teach and mentor others. I know that I do that now, but the challenge is keeping up with the constant change and updating the toolbox and the skills.

But the most difficult part will be to make room for play. I can become so focused on the process and the outcome that I forget to have fun along the way. Having students has always helped me to remember that more is learned and retained when learning is fun.

Thing #1

Well, I am off! I'm not sure I haven't just stepped off a cliff, but I'm game for anything. Beginning the 23 Things with the blog has taken me several hours and I hope that I have produced something that is pleasant, enjoyable, and informative.