Hello and welcome to the new site rickydhamilton.com. Last year, I started a blog on blogspot and enjoyed when I wrote. But, I rarely gave myself time to do it. After a few weeks of not posting, I thought, “Why bother? No one is reading anymore anyway.” But November 2016, I was fortunate enough to sit in a conference session by the one and only (and totally amazing…I’m geeking out here, just so you know) George Couros. The session focused on blogging as form of professional portfolio.
This session challenged me in a way I had not anticipated. Honestly, I thought I would enjoy hearing from him. I have followed him on Twitter for years. I truly was going to the session as a fan an less as a learner. Now before you skewer me for attending a conference and not opening myself as a learner please understand I value cognitive breaks. As a teacher and librarian, I am focused on instructing all day. My learning muscles are not as sharp as they were when I spent my whole day in school as a learner. So after attending a previous full day of attending sessions, taking notes, and devouring as much learning as possible, by day two I was a bit tired. But I entered a packed room and found one empty chair I rushed to claim as mine so I could sit and be mesmerized by an edchat guru.
Instead of being mesmerized by his knowledge, I was dumbfounded by my lack of blogging; my lack of reflective writing; my lack of proving my passion. I left his session wanting and needing to write. But I did not. I have sat on this for upwards of two months.
Why? Because I was not ready. Why? Because I was holding myself back. Why? Because I felt inferior to those around me. I allowed myself to forget how to correctly #failforward. And I have felt ashamed because I have kept myself from stepping out on a limb. If I truly believe and want and demand that my students take risks, I have to as well. So, here it is. I’m back baby! I have a lot to say and I hope others will learn from it. But more importantly, I hope others will continue to push me, challenge me, and help teach me so I can continue to grow as a learner.
The next few posts are copies of the 4 posts from blogspot. If you have not read them before, I hope you get something from reading them. If you have, I believe rereading is always a good thing. Once you read, please connect with me and share your thoughts.
Now let’s step onward in this new journey together.