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Happy 1st Birthday, Learning is Growing!

One year Learning is Everywhereago I took the plunge into the blog-sphere. What a year it has been! I have found new learning is everywhere! At the time I was curious about learning something new. Setting up a blog seemed intriguing, yet I knew I was a reluctant writer.  I had started using Twitter earlier in the summer and had been introduced to some inspiring blogs. A Primary Blog For The 21st Century, The Principal of Change, Connected Principals, Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish, Teaching with Soul, The Dog Ate My Homework, What Happened Today, and Van Meter Library VOICE just to name a few. Not only did these blogs inspire me to start my own, but the blogger THEMSELVES (@gcouros, @flourishingkids, @TheHomeworkDog, @kelalford, @shannonmmiller, @Grade1, and @teachingwthsoul) offered a vast amount of assistance and encouragement along the way! Others have been valuable cheerleaders as well: @gret, @pharesr, @franmcveigh, @angelamaiers, @eolsonteacher, @iateachr, @meairy and @toddwhitaker – and so many more! But, if it had not been for my good friends Linda Weir and Rich McGrath, I don’t think I would still be blogging today. Both have guided me to find my voice and encouraged me to write about my passions.

Learning new skills can be messy. As educators we know that for anything to become a habit we must continually practice the skill. We hear anything from 21 times, to a month and beyond. According to PsyBlog: Research reveals a curved relationship between practice and automaticity. Over the course of the last year I’ve pushed myself to write a blog post at least once a week – resulting in 63 posts. (Not bad for a former reluctant writer.) The majority of my posts reflect on everyday experiences. As I reflect, I tend to tie my thoughts to education. The love of learning and field of education have been a constant source of renewal in my life. Writing has provided the opportunity to reflect on a much deeper level. It has opened my eyes to new learning. It has built my self-confidence as a writer. The journey has introduced me to so many amazing educators around the globe. These global connections fill me with a sense of wonder and the reassurance that we are ONE and that together we can Connect, Collaborate and Innovate.

Perhaps my greatest accomplishment was introducing blogging to a remarkable group of 5th graders and their teachers. They were introduced in the blog posts And the Oscar Goes To, and  There Ain’t No Stoppin’ Them Now. Blogging with these students was the source of motivation in a recent presentation (Authentic Writing + Blogging = Global Connections) I gave at the T.I.C.L. (technology integration & instruction for the 21st century learner) Conference. Their excitement for new learning, their creativity and their passion to show the world they were geniuses lit a new sense of dedication to our 21st century learners. Moving forward and updating the ways to meet students’ needs is now a persistent goal!

Learning is a lifetime process, but there comes a time when we must stop adding and start updating.  ~Robert Brault

I am thankful for the many readers that have visited my blog. I am looking forward to year two as a blogger. At times I wonder if I’ll be able to top the visits made to my two most popular posts: “Angry Birds” – A Lesson in Assessment FOR Learning and “Angry Birds” – Part 2: Instruction one of which resulted in an all time high of 475 hits in one day. Angry Birds seems to be the top searched term – I hope they aren’t disappointed! (I’m sure some weren’t expecting to land on blog posts about education.) It is nice to know that the 2nd most searched for term is Good to Great! That sums up my goals as a blogger – always wanting to expand my learning – but knowing learning never stops! Great continue to always be waiting around the next corner. Something to continually seek!

The following 20 words will serve as my guide for the coming year as a person, instructional coach, leader, and blogger. What are your goals for the upcoming school year?

Year 2 of Blogging … Here I come! ONWARD!

Has there been a post on Learning is Growing that has inspired you? What would you like to read about in the coming year? I am always open for ideas!

I’ve thanked may people who have inspired me in this blog post. It is impossible to list them all. I learn something new from each of the 2001 people I follow on Twitter everyday. Twitter is my 24/7 source of learning and inspiration. Thanks to all!

Learn More about Word it Out from Richard Bryne‘s post: Word it Out – Like Wordle With More Options (Free Technology for Teachers)

 
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8 Comments

  • Aviva (@grade1) 8 Aug

    Thanks for including me in this post! I love what you write about here, and I’m thrilled that you’ve joined the blogosphere. I hope that you’ll continue to write about your challenges and triumphs next year. Happy first birthday!:)

    Aviva

    • Kathy Perret 8 Aug

      Thanks, Aviva! You’ve been a constant source of support in my blogging efforts. Thanks for the encouraging comments along the way and the RTs that helped spread my messages farther into the blogosphere. I continue to learn so much from you and your students. Thanks for all the sharing you do! You are an inspiration to me and many others!

      Kathy

  • SPatras 8 Aug

    Kathy, congrat’s on your first year. I am in my first month and hope that in a year I have the same feelings and web presence that you have. Your writing is great for a self declared “reluctant writer”.

    • Kathy Perret 8 Aug

      Congratulation on starting your blog, Shaye. It is a huge step! I enjoyed reading your first two posts. Funny how George Couros has played a part in both of our blogging starts. Chances are he’s helped just about any educator on Twitter in some way or another!

      Keep writing! You have a great voice!

      Kathy

  • K. Lirenman 8 Aug

    Congratulations Kathy. I’m a couple of weeks in to year one of blogging but looking forward to so much growth this year. As it is I ended up at a Manhattan bookstore today because of #1stgrade twitter chat last night and bought I book that was highly recommended too. What a huge community I’ve been opened up too. Hopefully in a year I too will have a post just like this one on my blog. Karen

  • Robin Phares 8 Aug

    Happy Birthday! This calls for a BIG piece of chocolate cake and a TALL glass of wine. I will bring it to you since you are still on crutches! I am so proud to know you!

  • Lisa (TheHomeworkDog) 8 Aug

    Happy 1st Blog-Birthday!

    Wow! Look at all the learning over the last year. Thanks for including me in your post. You certainly have a way with connecting ordinary & daily topics with education. Thanks for sharing…Welcome to year 2! 🙂

    Lisa

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