Who am I you say? Oh, well, I am the blog owner. Although from the infrequency of my posts I can see why you might ask.
I was weeding out my GoogleReader feed and was struck by the abandoned blogs I was watching. Blogs with names indicating the author might be (or attempting to appeal to): of an older generation, those overwhelmed by technology in education, or those looking for ways to keep up to date on education &/or technology. Hoping these folks have not died, stopped trying to use tech in education, or are even still in education – then why abandon a blog?
What makes people with a desire to share their thoughts abandon that practice?
What makes teachers abandon any practice?
I think part of my job as an eLearning Specialist is to speak up for the teacher that is busy working in their classroom. They should not be asked to enter data twice, in two different places, or not have access to the data in its entirety. These are the types of things I bring up in meetings (while teachers are teaching) which may in fact, make me mildly unpopular. I bring these things up because I was frustrated by practices which I thought caused me to abandon some good ideas because of the sheer time involved, you know, when I should have been concentrating on teaching.
So, I temporarily abandoned this blog due to the birth of my second child. That’s the story I am sticking with too.
But, are there any other reasons ideas are abandoned in education?
I have worked with educators who thoughtfully abandoned selected standards. I have been part of Child Study Groups or IEPs where courses or action where changed in how we approach helping children. And no one does those things lightly, so when is it good and when is it bad to abandon something?
One reason to abandon a practice might be if you have found a better way. Hopefully those blog owners I deleted from my feed found an alternate way to share and/or express themselves. But I fear many in the education profession become overwhelmed and feel forced to abandon practices which might add to our general knowledge as educators.
Are you helping them keep those practices we recognize as best or are you a part of an educator abandoning a best practice?