25 March 2007

Blogging Redux

The new version of Blogger allows authors to label their posts. I know many bloggers have been doing this for some time via Technorati or other sources, but I didn't decide to buy in until now. I've been going back through my archives, tagging all 700+ posts. This is more for me than others, I think. I like looking at different themes I've followed or reflecting on my arc in terms of thinking about grading or other things. My district role has undergone such an evolution in the last two years. It was good for me to go back and read what I've written and revisit some favorite posts: an odd sort of reunion. I've already had a few visitors who have searched my blog using the labels. It makes me glad that I took the time to add to the information in the archives.

I've also been making minor changes to my blogroll. There have been a couple new blogs that I've wanted to add...and a couple that I was ready to retire. I usually just remove blogs that are "dead," but I am finding that at my current place in life, I'm not interested in blogs that are just used to rant. It's not that I don't understand the need to have an outlet for the frustrations of one's world, but there's only so much negativity I can let into mine. I'm much more interested in those blogs that not only air dirty laundry, but reflect on what they can do to solve the issues on their minds. Meanwhile, the edusphere just isn't a static entity. New blogs come on-line each day and I enjoy finding them. It's even better to share them on my blogroll.

The rest of my day appears to be devoted to time on the computer, but for different reasons. I have a short paper to revise and turn in for my grad class by 11 p.m. tonight. I also have a 20 page paper due for the same class in two weeks, but I don't really want to spend all of my Spring Break working on it. So, I'll keep my nose to the grindstone today and try to finish the draft. I have been inching along on it for a few weeks...trying to stay ahead of the game. I won't be sorry to have this particular class behind me. It hasn't been as interesting or useful as previous courses. I will be moving on to a stats class for the summer along with turning in a prospectus for my dissertation. It's hard for me to believe that I just have three more classes and the dissertation to go. I'll have my EdD very soon!

If you're looking for some distractions of your own today, here are a couple of tools to try:
  • The Classroom Architect is a freeware program where you put in the dimensions of your classroom and the types of items (desks, tables, chairs...) you have---and it will generate different floor plans for you. Where the heck was this when I needed it?
  • Head over to Image Chef and create some fun graphics to use in your classroom, on your blog, or perhaps those delightful PowerPoint presentations described in yesterday's post. :)

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