A few days ago I came across @shareski’s blog post about him not reading “my” (I.e. ours) blogs anymore. He name dropped John T Spencer explaining that the two of them confessed to each other they do not read each other’s blogs anymore.
I really do not care. It is not about them reading our blogs.
It is about my reflection as a teacher.
It is about me and my craft, not their blessings bestowed upon me*.
There is a far greater problem than @shareski or @johnspencer reading my blog or others.
Boring blog posts and Tweets on #edchat that all say the same thing!
These posts either talk about the anathema of grades, the gloriousness of Maker Spaces and Design Thinking, or the perfection that is all things Edcamp!
It’s an echo chamber of hyperbole…
It’s an echo chamber of hyperbole.
I thought we were all more creative.
Why read teacher X’s blog when Teacher Y’s blog says the same thing? But wait, I’ve already read that blog post by teacher Z a few months ago.
Another issue that is causing others not read blog posts I think is that the writing is all puppies and rainbows! If I wanted puppies and rainbows I would go to Pinterest or Teachers Pay Teachers!
Where is the critical thought?
Where is the wrestling with ideas?
Where is the earnest struggle of a bombed lesson on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in February?
“Look how amazing my students are for making this robot do a ninety degree turn!” Nope, not amazing. That is what robots are supposed to do!
“Look at this wonderful game my students created with bits of cardboard from Mrs. Smith’s new refrigerator!” Nope, that’s what kids do!
If this student’s movie is awesome and amazing, where do you go from there?
Of course there are legitimate exceptions! I’m thinking in broad strokes here.
I still think my criticisms are valid, even if it’s just that I am filling in the void of criticism!
Didn’t the Lego Movie teach us anything about everything being awesome and amazing and wonderful?
* Does it feel good to get a retweet or mention by someone, um, “famous” in the education world? Sure, but like Halloween candy, it only lasts a little while and the ultimate crash is simply not worth chasing.