Here’s my “effective blog post” for week two. I was directed here by Intrepid Teacher at http://www.jabizraisdana.com after I commented on a post that Jabiz had written awhile ago.
I chose Spencer’s post, “Live What You Teach” as my example of an effective post probably because his topic has been on my mind lately. I understand this doesn’t necessarily make this an effective post for everyone, but I do think that speaking to one’s audience, makes one an effective blogger.
Spencer’s heading, “Live What You Teach” is clear, but maybe not totally self-explanatory at the outset. It definitely caught my attention, and made me interested to read the rest of his post. In the first sentence, Spencer confirms that this post will be a reflection on how well he is walking his talk. He is articulating his thoughts about the coherence between his words and his actions by realizing that there’s a disconnect right now for him between wanting to live cleaner and the reality that he drives his car to work everyday. So what does Spencer do about this? He’s dusting off his bike. Coincidentally, I just looked at my bike yesterday and realized that I haven’t ridden it yet this year. I need to buck up and not let this rain and cold stop me!
The rest of Spencer’s post goes on to give his reader some background information. He tells us that this is part of a longer process that he and his wife have been involved with for some time. From building a community around him, to composting and using cloth diapers. I really respected how Spencer was quick to say that he is very much still on the journey towards his goal, and I really liked his words “freedom and humility.” I think it’s important to lead by example and in a gentle way in which others will watch you and want to learn from you. I have yet to learn this tact when dealing with my extended family, who spend so much time and money buying things they don’t need. To the detriment of their bank accounts and the environment. But I digress…
Spencer then connects his thoughts with life in the classroom. And questions himself about the coherence between his beliefs/values and the messages that he gives his students in his classroom.
And because I’m running short of time, and commitments are calling… here is Spencer’s entire final paragraph:
“Ultimately, if we want to talk about holistic education and life-long learning, it has to begin with educators. This isn’t to suggest that we live perfect, moral lives or that we use our personal life as some type of a platform for our educational philosophy. The process has to be humble and organic. However, if we aren’t living the values we are teaching, students will ultimately recognize it as a slick, empty counterfeit.”