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  1. George,
    Thank You for the explanation, I did not get the distinction between the two. This blogpost helps me tremendously! You put the learning process in perspective so nicely it makes me want to try and blog that many times per week.( or at least try to create that habit) Thankyou for being transparent about how your learning has also evolved. I know that for myself I look at your work and so many other amazing people and think: ‘ you created this overnight .’ I’m so passionate about aspects of education that often it is difficult to narrow my focus. I will work on this now.

    • Leslie–your last sentence resonates with me because I am in a similar quandary. I started a blog a year ago and immediately wrote a post. I eagerly began the next post but found, as I continued writing, that it was too large. I grew frustrated trying to work out hiw to break it up and through in the towel. (I still have the draft and George might have just inspired me to return to it). Good luck on your journey!

  2. Hi George:
    I want to use this kind of technique next school year as one platform in my advanced composition course, but I’m struggling with formulating a solid plan for what I want students to write. I kniw there will be a few who can organically produce material, but feel others might need more structure. Any thoughts? Thank you!

  3. Hi George,
    I recently saw you speak at the Humanex Conference in Kalamazoo, and you also spoke at our school district’s opening meeting last August. I am a big fan! I used to be an active edu-blogger, but for the last couple of years, I have left the blogging world to focus on other areas of my writing.

    Now, I am ready to get back into the game, especially after reading your book, but here is my concern. As an active school principal, my blog is linked on our district’s website where parents, staff, and community members have easy access. I worry that if I truly use the blog as an electronic portfolio, I will be compelled to write personal and sometimes passionate opinions about education and about my work that may not sit well with those who may read it (i.e. parents, district admin, teachers, etc.). How can I be open, honest, and transparent about my beliefs and experiences in my work knowing full well that the blog posts may cause others to be uncomfortable or upset?

    If I am going to get back into blogging, I do not want to do so in a half-baked manner. It’s all in or not. Do you, or any of your readers, have any thoughts on this?

  4. This is a great explanation, George, for how educators can use a blog as a portfolio.

    I am doing a workshop in July on digital portfolios. Mind if I print out and share this post with them?

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