The Next Great American Blog Post
May 13, 2011
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I haven’t blogged in a while. I’m coming in just barely under a month. However, it is not because I have not been thinking of what I want to say to you dear readers and fellow teachers. I have actually spent quite a bit of time (that probably should have been spent grading) working on this site behind the scenes and drafting some blog posts.
I currently have four drafts, none of which I feel are ready to go. I think it might be that “Publish” button. It seems so final. So official. Yet here I am in a voice, which rambles noticeably more than usual, about my lack of recent published blog postings.
I promise I have a point. These recent writing quandries I’ve experienced through the blog have helped me to relate a little bit better to my writing students.
Publishing is a critical step of the writing process. As teachers, most of us have also read the research and seen the evidence in our classroom that the more authentic the audience, the more powerful that publishing step may prove. However, publishing can also be a powerful intimidation. It seems so final. In the posts I am still drafting, I feel this pressure to be profound. To say something that will hopefully bring you affirmation for your own classroom practices. Or challenge you. Or, from a more selfish place, make you stop and think, “that girl knows what she’s talking about.” Now I’m not saying that this blog should not be a place that could affect change in education or bolster my personal and professional learning network. However, I also need to remember that the next time I hit publish, it doesn’t have to mean I am uploading “The Next Great American Blog Post.” If perfection is what I’m waiting on, I may never publish again.
It is easy to see when our students have test anxiety, but what about their “publishing” anxiety. They may feel that sharing their work with us and others makes their work final, finished. But, that is just not true! How can we demonstrate to our students that writing is an continual practice. Even great books put out revised edition. I want my students to let me in on the process, and not fear the finality. After all, there isn’t really much finality in writing at all. Especially in this digital age where everything seems up for revision.
Want to see what else may be coming down the hatch?
Here’s a glimpse at the ideas hanging out in the “Drafts” box: