Edublogs Teacher Challenge – Day 1

I’ve been blogging for just over a year but, having slackened off,  could do with a kick-start. The Edublogs Teacher Challenge might just be the key. 

When did you start?

I started blogging late in 2009. I actually created 2 – personal and professional (this one on learning).

Why did you start blogging?

Working as an IT integrator, I felt I needed to have some experience in blogging to get some credibility. It’s easier to start with personal stuff hence the two blogs. When I started blogging, I also started micro-blogging, i.e. Twitter (professional) and Facebook (personal).  Apart from dipping into the technologies that fascinated my students and teen-aged daughter, I needed an outlet for my reflective self. 🙂

What is your most exciting moment?

A few months into blogging, I got really excited when I got a comment for my post on the Vitruvian Man -based maths lesson from an overseas visitor, an Associate Professor by the name of Bill Generaux, another edublogger. It is quite affirming and certainly very encouraging. I hope this doesn’t sound lame since it’s true.

Where does your future lie?

I don’t know! I’m having a break from teaching, focusing more in IT integration – as a maternity leave placement. I’m always trying to learn, though, so this blog should really still be updated more frequently than it has been in the past few months.

What do you like about blogging?

This is a good one! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

1. It helped me achieve NSWIT Professional Competence Accreditation – talk about evidence of a reflective practice!

2. It helped me document some nifty – and not so nifty – lessons that I’ve shared with my ever-growing PLN

3. It’s becoming a reference point and the tagging is far easier to do than physical file management

4. It acts like a “business card” – this is how I think, I learn, I teach

5.  I blog therefore I learn (that’s a post opportunity right there)

The challenge asks for 10 questions but I’m struggling to think of more. This is probably why I never entertained ideas of going into journalism. There is no reporter in me.

99768345_2ef52fd05b_mGoing for extension and putting in a CC photo by ruurmo –

It’s entitled “Mirame – Look at me” for this is what this post is all about.

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10 thoughts on “Edublogs Teacher Challenge – Day 1

  1. Anne Mirtschin says:

    This is a great post. I especially loved reading your response to “What do you like about blogging!” That was fabulous. Have you had a chance to look at some of the other great posts. There is such variety and some really interesting reading.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Good post and congratulations on the commendation from the gentleman. No way is it lame. Its something to feel really proud of. Well I would anyway!

  3. Stacy Nockowitz says:

    I love what you said in #4, that your blog acts as your business card. It’s so true: what you blog represents the raw you, how you think, learn, and teach. I’m looking forward to your posts in the future!

  4. Marsha Ratzel says:

    Dear Mayln,
    Thanks for sharing so much about your blogging journey. I agree that it’s tough to balance all the competing interests for time. I have dabbled in Twitter and have it on my list to do better in 2011. FB has become a good place for me merge a bit of the personal life and a bit of the professional life.
    That brings me to what I think you were speaking to…how do we merge all these technologies into something that serves us well?

    It’s something I’m hoping to sort out during this Challenge and find others who are interested in vision questing that some more.


  5. mrsdkrebs says:

    I love the name of your blog, for I, too, “love2learn.” Your note about getting the comment from someone you respect being “quite affirming and certainly very encouraging” is so true! Not at all lame! Blessings to you for a wonderful, growing 2011!

  6. Malyn says:

    Thank you all for dropping by AND leaving comments – you know how I LOVE those!!! 🙂

    I’ve also loved visiting your blogs. This is a great thing about commenting – it actually leaves a breadcrumb trail to your Gingerbread House of goodies – not suggesting at all that there’s a witch inside.

  7. Kami says:

    I could relate to your feelings regarding comments from other bloggers! I also received one comment from Poland some weeks ago and was hectic 🙂

  8. Lydia Schultz says:

    I completely agree with you about the value of the PLN! I feel like I learn so much from following people in their blogs and in their Twitter posts–it helps when you don’t have a lot of peers in your work place.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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