I am learning so much about the work being done at St Elizabeth’s from reading the blog posts. I just wish that I could read everyone’s posts. I have learned a great way to scaffold student’s blogging posts from Tania and Delphine has been thoughtful in reflecting on children’s ability to give feedback about writing. Louisa will collect baseline data that will be very valuable not just for Jess and Louisa’s PART project but for all of us who work in communication with parents. We have been very quick in moving from paper based newsletters to online newsletters and then to electronically stored personal information. I wonder if that was done too quickly? Louisa’s survey may show us how parents are adjusting to this new way of communicating.
I wonder how you are feeling about blogging and using Google Docs? I know how I feel. I feel overwhelmed at times. I feel like an idiot when I can’t remember how to do something that I was shown yesterday. Technology is not the way my mind works BUT I love what it can do for me. I will take the pain as long as I know that I am creeping forward to a gain. What I value is the patience and encouragement of those who help me when I am in a mess. I am an adult so I understand that the mess is what happens when you are learning something very new. How must children feel when they are in the same mess and they do not have the benefit of hindsight to know that what they are involved in will be worthwhile if they persist? They cannot understand that the mess is creative in itself if we have enthusiastic caring teachers around us. Mess is manageable if we are scaffolded. No wonder some of them get discouraged. Its possible to learn by yourself but its not nearly as effective and as positive as when you are learning collaboratively. I really understand far more about learning from being a learner that I did from just being a teacher.