I have looked at, read, commented on, and have typed up blogs since they have become available. I have submitted articles for various publications but the frequency has been spread out and been a little more formal. I have had students blog in my classroom and have met with a wide range of success in this area. I have reflected on the questions Why Blog? Why Write? I recently read a great blog on this subject http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4793. In this blog, it basically lays out 4 reasons why people don't blog and ideas to change their minds. The reasons outlined were 1) Blogging is Useless, 2) I have no time, 3)I'm a private person and 4) No one cares what I have to say. It was an interesting read for me. I think sharing ideas and resources is important and very useful, we need to make the time and we can, and as teachers we need to reach out to each other but the one reason reason that holds me up sometimes is that does anybody really care what I have to say. I know that sometimes at school I feel a bit like an island unto myself and when I share ideas or resources they don't go to far as many people are doing what they are doing and I don't want to fault them for that or be 'that' guy. So unfortunately, this experience has kept me from sharing thoughts and ideas online as much as I'd like. But when I have gone to conferences with passionate educators or dive into the sea of reflection and sharing that I find on Twitter, I know there is hope and there are a lot of islands out there that together form a powerful mass of passion, growth mindset, and innovation. I want to be part of the growth and advancement of education! When I saw the blogging challenge, as I lurked on Twitter and follow a great bunch of educators on #saskedchat, I kind of hemmed and hawed about accepting this challenge. But I felt this was an opportunity to share, reflect, and gain from ... so here I am (if anybody cares).
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.