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Scott McLeod

I'm with you, Kelly!

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Kelly Christopherson

That's great but who's leading the parade;)

Stephanie Sandifer

Great post Kelly! I feel very much the same way...

This new school year (and my new job) has really cut into my network/blogging/surfing time, and as much as I value these online conversations (as very important learning experiences), I find myself struggling over these past few weeks to find a comfortable balance.

I don't think I've found the balance yet -- only tonight have I found time to sit down and cull through my long-neglected bloglines page!

I think it is easy for educators who are new to all of this to get very excited and seduced by the online interactions and to then become "too connected", but it is important for us to remember that our work is about face-to-face interactions with students, other teachers & admninistrators. We can't neglect those important relationships as we venture online.

Stephanie

Kelly Christopherson

Stephanie,
seduced by the online interactions and to then become "too connected", but it is important for us to remember that our work is about face-to-face interactions with students, other teachers & admninistrators. We can't neglect those important relationships as we venture online. This is where we, as adults, need to understand that youth are probably past us in their development of online networks and can, with our help, determine a healthy balance for themselves. You are so right about finding the balance in order to be effective in both areas. Lke you, I don't think I've found the balance yet but I'm getting closer. Have a great year and keep up the search!

Angela Maiers

Kelly, you bring up very valid points. As a new blogger, the world that has opened up for me is like no other I have experienced. I have found myself hours later, still reading, writing, and connecting to other bloggers. I think that is natural and is expected when learning anything new and exciting. The benefits of encouraging educators to blog, far out way the risk of being "over connected". Blogging has not only strengthened my on line connections, but has allowed me to enter new conversations face-to-face. I have learned and listened to brilliant people that I would have never had the chance or opportunity to meet; this makes me a better listener, learner, and educator outside the online world. Great post.

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