Hi. I created this blog because I needed a place to show Parents my documentation. After moving into the studio, there was no access for me to the classroom based online documentation format the Parents had built, and so Blogger seemed like a good solution. Plus, I really wanted to publish writing about my work, and thought blogging would be a good way to cut out the middle man. I am of the age where the internet still fills me with wonder from time to time, like when I get a comment from someone in Australia, or Canada, or Seattle or Brussels, or D.C....anywhere that isn't Richmond, VA.
I feel like I have made friends who really understand teaching, and who are interested in things like children and wild places, mapping, drawing to learn, and other things that I need to talk about. I wouldn't trade my new world of colleagues for anything.
But here's what is strange about it -I get comments and questions from people all aver the world, but very few from people I see face to face. I have a counter thingy that shows that on some days, lots and lots of people are reading this blog. But where are they? My audience may not be Parents at all, but instead educators who want to talk teaching and students who are interested in constructivism, teacher-research, and inquiry-based schooling. That may change who I imagine I'm talking to when I write..
It is always hard to know if people around the school read documentation at all (when it's on the wall or sent home), which can be a frustration when you spend hours and hours preparing it. It is much harder to know about invisible, online people. Sometimes it is really discouraging...so do me a favor- let me know if you read my blog, o.k.? Especially if you can be friends with the real, non-virtual me!