T-Minus 56 hours

After spending countless hours reading physics teaching and SBG blogs, I have decided to start my own.  I was pondering the notion of sharing my thoughts about teaching world, and decided I can take the easy way or the hard way.  The easy way was to maintain the status quo: Read other’s blogs, comment occaisonally, borrow some ideas, and question my own identity as a teacher.

Ultimately, I decided to take the hard way.  What makes starting a blog hard?

  1. Leaving your ideas open to scrutiny…this is hard for many people, yet when I expect my students to feel comfortable in the classroom with any idea no matter how dumb it may seem, I should expect the same from myself.  Also, if I do withhold my thoughts, it will do me more harm that good.  There is a huge community in the blogosphere that can help me grow as a teacher, if I don’t seize the opportunity I am setting myself upon a course of maintaining the status quo.
  2. Wondering if other’s could benefit.  I feel that so many bloggers have such great ideas and are so well versed in cutting edge methods.  How can I possibly bring something to the table.  Then I remembered back to one email from the modeling teacher listserv (some minor tidbit about a linearization strategy) that helped me immensely.  I realize one little idea, or sentence even, is enough to help someone else.
  3. Would the blog be too time consuming.  I always strive for reflection.  After every period, day, unit, and year I take note and reflect on my growth, content, and pedagogy.  What better place than a blog!  It will take up more time, but at what cost?  A new episode of the Big Bang Theory, or halftime during monday night football, or reading every blog, or every one of Frank Noschese’s tweet’s?
56 Hours
It is now approx 56 hour’s until my first class of the new school year.  Thanks to Frank and John Burk I’ll be starting with the Marshmallow Challenge.  With the help of numerous blogs I have formed a hybrid Standards-Based grading system (I will eventually write about that).
There are a lot of blogs I would love to acknowledge and thank for their impact, eventually I’ll be trying to add them all to my blogroll.  If anyone has ever written about SBG or modeling instruction…thank you!