Erin Mutch is the Environmental Education and Management Learning Coordinator for Thames Valley District School Board. She is just about to complete her first year in the role and her passion for her work is evident; whether in face to face conversations or in the ways in which she documents the learning in her portfolio via social media. Erin consistently highlights the great work that teachers and students are embarking on as they weave environmental responsibility into various content areas. I have so much to learn from her and her commitment to ensuring that our world is preserved and respected.
I can’t wait to read more of her posts!
Link to Erin’s Blog: A Caveat
Erin, I couldn’t agree with you more! Learning is the furthest thing from static and a true learner is always open to thoughts and ideas which may slightly or radically change their perspective. By sharing our thinking in such a public place, we do open ourselves up to feedback from others. Some may agree with us, which leads to validation and some may disagree with us which forces us to either modify our thinking or articulate more strongly our original idea.
Regardless of the reaction, our learning can’t help but change and evolve. Learners love those speeding trains!
I would imagine that a number of new bloggers can relate to Erin’s feelings about those first few posts. In chatting with her yesterday at work, it was so exciting to hear her say that the fear of hitting the Publish button is diminishing with each post. I wonder how much more understanding and empathetic we become as educators when we place ourselves in similar situations as our students. We have all encountered students who were reluctant to write for a variety of reasons ~ fear of someone else reading their work is one of those reasons!
Modeling how to overcome that fear, by jumping in and writing is a wonderful way of making our own learning (and all the emotions that accompany it) visible!
Full disclosure. I wrote my second post two days after the first, and then waited at least two weeks to hit ‘publish’. I just wanted to read it over ‘one more time’,
Sue, thank you for being a ‘balcony person’ to so many.
Your team’s blog ‘Literacy Matters’ used a book to describe the cheerleaders on the balcony of our lives: ‘shouting encouragement, whispering hope and helping us become who we are today.’
I feel very fortunate to have a role where I can intersect my knowledge, skills and passion. I’m glad that it shows.