1. I can dig this, George — but there’s a hitch: Schools (at least here in the States) do NOTHING to promote or to create space for reflection.

    I try to do this interesting thing in class at the end of every class period: I ask my students to write ONE question that they’re still wondering about at the end of every lesson. The way I see it, those questions can become a starting point for reflection and exploration at a later date — kind of a choose your own adventure book to lead them in new directions.

    But probably 5 classes out of 7, I run out of time and take that opportunity back from my kids. That’s because (1). I’m WAY behind in the required curriculum, (2). my subject is now going to be tested and (3). scores on those content-heavy tests are going to count as 50% of my evaluation.

    So my instinct — which is bad for kids but good for my continued employment — is to cut back on anything that slows our forced march through an impossible curriculum.

    Warped, huh?

    But a simple truth.

    Any of this make sense?

  2. […] George Couros writes an interesting blog about blogging and the trans-formative power of blogging as a reflective tool.  My initial response was to think of the mantra of Douglas Reeves, educational guru which is, “think through the end of a pen.”  This is a philosophy I buy into whole heartedly.  The process of writing, whether with a pen or on a device, is a clarifying experience.  The process of organizing and developing my ideas into characters helps me organize and develop the thoughts in my head more clearly.  I too see the importance of sitting and reflecting periodically about initiatives and life in general, although I must admit I do not make time for it very often.  George has a great quote in his blog regarding my lack of time to reflect.  He says, “reflection is part of your work”.  This is an inspirational thought, but in reality, there are other elements that are part of work that I don’t complete as well as I would like, but alas, we must all choose priorities.  I think this is a good practice to make a priority… […]

  3. […] George Couros writes that blogging is own “journal” helps him to slow down and focus.  I have always been reticent to be “present” on the web.  The idea of sharing so publicly my personal opinions and ideas has always been daunting.  I do really treasure my privacy.  On the other hand, I love telling stories and sharing projects that I am working on with my class.  Blogging seems like a great way to share ideas, successes, failures and aspirations.  I do believe that it will make me accountable and keep me more focused. If you write on your blog about a great initiative you want to pursue, well if you don’t do it someone is bound to call you on it. […]

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