Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Gift of Blogging

Yesterday, I was invited by my wonderful friend Greta to participate in the #Rockstar Meme - How Blogging Rocked Your World . Her beautiful post, about her journey as a blogger, inspired me to think deeply about the role that blogging has played in developing my voice, both as an educator and as an advocate for kids. 

My first response, I must admit, was one of feeling a bit overwhelmed with the task. Being succinct about subjects I am passionate about is not a strong point for me. I decided to write out a mind map and approach this task much in the way I encourage my students to plan out their writing.

As I drew out my concept map, I decided to use the Showme app to talk about my experience, instead of putting my thoughts into paragraph form. I took a picture of my map, inserted it into Showme, and took it from there. I hope you enjoy the results!


As the challenge has requested, my final step is to ask other inspiring bloggers to share their stories. I am tagging these individuals, who have shaped my blogging and thinking in recent months:

 Lisa Dabbs @teachingwthsoul 


 John T. Spencer @johntspencer 


 Patrick Larkin @bhsprincipal


Tracy Watanabe @tracywatanabe


Linda Yollis @lindayollis


Unknown said...

Joan - Thanks for the mention. It is a great compliment to mentioned by an educator who I have so much respect for! Hope all is well!

Best Always!


Joan Young (aka Mancini) said...

Thanks so much, Patrick. Things are going great, and I am inspired by great leaders each day like you!

Angela Watson said...

I love what you've done with the Showme app! Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Joan Young said...

Thanks Angela :-) My students are using the Showme app as well. Even during rainy day recess, they are going around documenting the learning places in our room. So cool!
Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Tracy Watanabe said...


Thank you so much for passing this honor to me. You are such an inspiration, and I thank you for all of the amazing things you do because of who you are -- you're a #Rockstar!

Here's my post.

Kind regards,

Joan Young said...

Thanks so much Tracy! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment and take the #rockstar torch and write!

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