Thursday, October 2, 2014

This Blogger's Challenge...Day 1

So. It begins. Again. I am a beginner and not just on blogging. Let me explain. I begin LOTS of things but I find it extremely difficult to complete what I begin. My last blog post was well over a month ago and my goal was to blog at least once a week this school year of my life as a new instructional technology specialist. Well, truthfully, life as an iTech is BUSY--which is why blogging took a back seat. 

Well, I'm back and with the help of  +TeachThought and +Krista Tyler, I am taking on the challenge to blog for the month of October. This challenge should teach me a few things and inform many others in regards to exploring reflective teaching as well as sharing with others as a Connected Educator.

October is Connected Educator month! So, in honor of this month I will do my best to share and reflect.

DAY 1: What better way to start than by reflecting on my goals for this school year. 

The ironic thing is the first thing I thought about was #TYIW (This year I will...). +Adam Bellow  shared with me and a few thousand educators at ISTE this summer that we should take a moment to "reflect" and post what is the one thing (aka: our goal) we would like to accomplish or aspire to accomplish in the next 365. For this upcoming year, I stopped, closed my eyes....and here's mine:

When I took this selfie in the audience, I remember thinking, "what do I want to achieve this school year?" My answer: BETA. BETA to me is trying out something that's not quite done--so to speak. It's good, great even, but it could fail. I understand, many people don't "do failure" or hate to fail. But, look at it THIS WAY: if it's Beta, you can try it out. Well, as an iTech...I live in BETA...Everything changes, all the time. Technology evolves. We all must try it and not be afraid to fail. If we do, try, try again.

So, even though I'm a beginner, I'm going to try this Blogging thing one.more.time. 
I'm not giving up...why?
Because, Life in BETA is worth giving it a shot! And that makes BETA AWEsome!

So, I'm curious, What's your #TYIW? Share it with me. We can grow as #connectededucators!

Day 1: connected educators, what is that? The "connected learner" is YOU! To become a connected educator, you must FIRST become a connected learner.. Let's remember, educators are learners first and we must continue to develop networks and, connect with me!

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