A quick blog. I discovered a great quote that hopefully will drive me forward to keep this blog going. Seth Godin’s blog on blogging has some good advice for me about writer’s block “Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure. Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.
I believe that everyone should write in public…. you need more writing.
Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.
If you know you have to write something every single day, even a paragraph, you will improve your writing. If you’re concerned with quality, of course, then not writing is not a problem, because zero is perfect and without defects. Shipping nothing is safe.
The second best thing to zero is something better than bad. So if you know you have write tomorrow, your brain will start working on something better than bad. And then you’ll inevitably redefine bad and tomorrow will be better than that. And on and on.
Write like you talk. Often. tweet. Write poorly. Every day. In public. ”
I really like that – write poorly but often and your poor writing will improve. Of course it will – that’s a no-brainer for me. So from now on I am going to try to write something every day – both in here and on Twitter. Before I go to work is a good time – nice and fresh in the morning before my brain gets clogged up with the minutiae of the workplace. No more whingeing about how I don’t know what to write about, no more putting it off – just write something – and I will! In fact, I will tweet about this right now!
A serene picture to help calm me - love the stillness of it. Picture from flickr licensed under Creative Commons
Just been inspired by Carole McCulloch to join Steve Hardagon’s Mighty Bell experience. Have just signed on which was a very simple exercise and am now waiting the one day it takes to to be approved before moving into step 2.
Am feeling pretty overwhelmed with things at the moment and not keeping up with the EpCoPMOOC very well but hopefully with my Alice Springs trip out of the way and the Brainfood Conference presentation and the presentation at the E-Standards group meeting and the first session of the EMR ementor group organised and the new eChamp interviewed and signed on, marking almost up-to-date, student field visits rolling along, online sessions for Cert III and Diploma groups organised and also the Committee of Management online fortnightly sessions organised for the CHAOS project etc etc I am almost up-to-date! However, when I see how much CMcC has on her plate and she can make time to take on the Mighty Bell challenge then who am I to complain! I must say – i do work better under pressure! Just need to be more organised so hopefully the Mighty Bell experience will assist with that!
I did manage to attend the Online session on Tuesday on Desire-to-learn and Vumi eportfolio programs. It was a really informative session. Both programs have a lot to offer and Ian’s presentation on the how and why of eportfolios was excellent. Now all it needs is for me to decide if I am going to keep on with mahara or set up a Google sites eportfolio. The amount of stuff to put up there is very daunting so I will do it in small steps – just get the site up and organised and then each day move a few more items up there. Even if I just get them scanned ans filed on my portable hard drive that will be a big step.
Well, I have ticked one thing off my list now – I have added to this blog!
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Tonight I acted as tech support\co-facilitator in Elluminate (or Blackboard Collaborate ) with one of the tutors I have trained to use the online classroom. It is such a buzz to see this particular tutor absolutely flourishing in the online environment. Of course, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear they say, and its true. You have to be an excellent face-to-face facilitator to be an excellent online facilitator and this tutor is certainly that! Unlike most of our tutors, this one was not opposed to challenging herself and could see the benefits for students and herself so it was a breeze to teach her the rudiments of operating the classsroom and then see her fly!
Each week, we get into the classroom early and I pass on to her more facilitating tips and strategies that I have learned from all the fabulous mentors and coaches I have had along the way. Thus the ripples keep spreading! Last week she tried a mood meter (with chairs) and also launched herself with reckless abandon into using breakout rooms. I did all the creating, naming and moving of people in and out of the rooms and she watched carefully. This week she skilfully facilitated an uproarious game of Pictionary as an ice-breaker and moved people in and out of the breakout rooms herself. I showed her how to use the video and no doubt that will feature in her toolbox in the coming weeks!
Another couple of tutors have also come on board and are now quite confidently facilitating classes in the room with me alongside as tech support and co-facilitator. At this point, at Coonara, we have 5 tutors who are willing and able to facilitate classes in the online classroom. Every tutor uses wikis on a regular basis with students, a couple use MSN with classes, smart pens, video and I have made a few suggestions for tutors to use SMS to contact groups of students as I found that they (students) always checked their messages rather than checking emails and always got the message! Recently several tutors started using facebook with a class and even Twitter. Check out Coonara Early Years Training Facebook page. My coaching cup runneth over!