Monday, May 8, 2017

Blogging Buddies

One of my favorite things to do is reflect. Ideally, it is by the pool soaking up sun or watching the waves in the lake, but realistically I do not have those opportunities often. I do like to think about what I've done and consider what the celebrations are plus how I will face similar challenges next time. I was probably the kid took it literally when my mom or sitter said 'Now go think about what you've done!' after I got in trouble. Recently I completed an assessment on my leadership skills and one area that stuck with me was that I tend to over analyze my failures and it recommended I should also celebrate my successes. As someone who is more on the introverted side as a communicator, I enjoy blogging as an outlet to share my learning.

I began my blog a few years ago to model for my students the benefits of reflecting. If I was going to expect my students to do it, I would do it myself, as well. I really love to blog, however over the last 15 months I have not dedicated much time to it. My #OneWord this year is 'Be' since I am juggling (as many people are) many things at once - new schools for my boys, new job, grad school, kids in sports, friends, family, ME - that I need to refocus and BE present which means, for now, my blog may be quiet, but only for a few more weeks because I graduate in August! Woohoo!! ALL of that to say (in a super long sentence), I recently read about Blogging Buddies in my ISTE Ed Tech Coaches communication and thought THIS will get me back into blogging with intention, plus it will grow my PLN and continue to connect me with others to learn along with!

What are Blogging Buddies? Blogging Buddies is an opportunity for ed tech coaches to connect, network, and learn together through blogging. We have this platform to provide feedback among each other to promote growth and reflection. We will blog at a minimum of once a month and provide feedback on each other's blog posts while practicing good digital citizenship. Interested? Sign up at and join us!

Joining this group has reignited my passion for blogging. I may start off slowly but I am looking forward to making new connections and learning together with my group! Check out my buddies and follow them, too:

Penny Christensen @Pen63

Michele Bond @MrsBond

JP Prezzavento @JPPrezz

Tara Waudby @TaraWaudby

Plus check out #ETCoaches to grow your PLN, too!

How do you reflect and share your learning?


  1. I completely agree with you about the importance of reflection, Erin. When I was still in the classroom I built time for reflection into everything my students did and in my current role I build it into the PD i offer educators.

    I'm so excited to get to know you and the rest of our buddies as we continue to reflect on our own practices and grow as educators.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. What are some of your preferred tools for reflection? I enjoy using Mentimeter, Seesaw, or Recap; however, one of my favorites is also pen and paper.

  2. Erin, First of all... congratulations on graduation right around the corner!! I love your one word motto this year. I think we all could use a little more BEing present in our lives. Looking forward to learning with you on this Blogging Buddies journey!

  3. Glad you are joining us for Blogging Buddies and congratulations on finishing your degree. The end of the year is a great time for reflection in preparation for next year. Have a great summer!