The week my Dad took to die in October, 2006 was made a little less difficult because I could blog about the experience. Though deeply personal, the act of blogging made it possible for me to face the next day, ready to handle what came.
Many people get turned off by this type of writing in what is an “educational space”, but what I realized is that this space was never meant to be focused solely on education, but always on learning. If you don’t think that you learn something when your dad dies that applies to the kids you deal with every day in a school, you are wrong. How much will a kid care about math when they lose someone close to them? The human connection that we have in schools will be the reason that schools will always be relevant and these life lessons, and how we deal with them, bring a lot to our students. If you only teach the curriculum to a child, you have come up short. Source: George Couros, Learning and Life, The Principal of Change
While bloggers are often challenged to focus on a particular angle or perspective, I have always enjoyed being able to explore a variety of topics in Around the Corner.
The rule that poet Kahlil Gibran shares On Friendship applies to blogs also:
And let your best be for your friend.If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?Seek him always with hours to live.
Or, for fun, my poor adaptation:
And let your best be for your blog.
If your readers must know the ebb of your tide, let them know its flood also.
For what is your blog that you should seek it with an empty mind to fill?
Seek to share always with pages of reflections to give.
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