For the rest of us, this landscape is all epiphany and Hamlet.
I don't know about you, but I'm totally webtigued. Just when I think I have a grip on something, I feel like I'm trying to keep one of those water tube snake things from slipping through my hand. Plop!
And this evening I took it all out on Twitter.
I'll say three things up front:
- Taylor inspired me to believe that Tweets can serve as a post.
- To appreciate the stream, start at the bottom and up! up! and away! Stop when you get back here (although, you are welcome to read in traditional linear, top-bottom-left-right fashion).
- Sometimes arriving at a point is a mental cross-country drive, not a simple peregrination next door.
|kenrodoff what are you reading? will it improve A) your esteem? B) your spirit? C) your perspective? D) your jingoism?|
|kenrodoff STD: sustained typing disorder|
|kenrodoff Aristotle = Poetics = Catharsis = Twitter|
|kenrodoff my sons smile @ me every day...A) they love me w/out question, B) they just don't know any better|
|kenrodoff speak at a conference, mingle with warlick, richardson, ew, and ah, and then what? how do you feel?|
|kenrodoff Affect Change...go, do it now...then tell me what it really looks like.|
|kenrodoff how often do you scoop your cat litter?|
|garageflowers @kenrodoff Our school just abandoned the writing portfolio - neither teachers nor students were finding it meaningful|
|kenrodoff the microwave in my kitchen is no longer emitting waves of micro...what do I do? buy another...how american...bigger and macrowavier!|
|teach42 @kenrodoff Yes, no, maybe, yes, definitely. Hard to answer questions when they're rapid fire! Yes, wordpress is better. Yes, feedburner rox|
|kenrodoff can students keep portfolios on their own blogs? how valuable are student portfolios? should I apply for Eng. Dept Chair?|
|kenrodoff How do I carefully choose widgets? Should I abandon blogger for wordpress?|
|kenrodoff is Feedburner better? And to whom?|
|kenrodoff how should I really feel about my Technorati rank (or lack thereof)?|
|kenrodoff would my blog matter only if someone read it?|
|kenrodoff would my blog matter if no one read it?|
|kenrodoff I am tired of people hiding...I want to connect.|
|kenrodoff i wonder..are you out there? or should I ask that to Dar Williams|
|khokanson @kenrodoff why the twitter rant this evening? get some SLEEP|
|kenrodoff District Tech Requests are spawn of the devil, electronic spawn.|
|kenrodoff i am tired of feeling like i need to be everywhere all the time...you can have the chat room, ustream, and WOW! (they wouldn't let a man in)|
|kenrodoff the score for the movie Transformers is moving, sweeping, and not what you would expect.|
|kenrodoff i believe in the power of my own integrity over anything else.|
|kenrodoff i was voted 'most friendly' Abington High School, class of '89|
|kenrodoff i surrendered one of my cat's this past summer and it was a horrific moment and I felt like a failure.|
|kenrodoff i have 2 children and a 3rd due in March|
|kenrodoff i have spent 150 dollars every other week (money I do not have) to see a psychiatrist.|
|kenrodoff i have yet to recover from the shooting at my school last december|
|kenrodoff i have trichtotillomania.|
|kenrodoff i teach @ Springfield Twp. High School|
|kenrodoff i am 36. i live in PA|
|kenrodoff i am ken rodoff|
Did I learn anything?
Presuming I did, is this the type of learning we want to advocate and see from our students?
If they tell us how they feel, if they unpack their baggage in clear, concise 140 word textbites, are we ready to listen? Are we ready to demonstrate real empathy?
Are we ready to say that the content we teach is a massive cover-up, disguising the real goal we should focus on with our students:
Getting them in touch with themselves, so they can move forward, sooner than later.
And can Twitter do that?