After reading Draper's latest post, I thought a little bit about it and had to admit feeling a LITTLE guilty about my lack of participation. I think these social forums are fantastic ways to share ideas, and realized I haven't contributed much myself. EduBloggerWorld, among other sites, is driven by the interaction of like-minded people who are passionate about sharing their ideas. I also think there is an implied obligation to participate as much and as often as we can.

The reality of the first three weeks of teaching is, however, another can of worms. To hit the ground running takes an awful lot of planning, preparation and TIME. And, if you're a classroom teacher, if you're going to spend time on anything it will likely be in behalf of your students in your classroom.

The forums in EduBloggerWorld are legion, and fascinating, but when crunch time comes, not much is left over in the way of creative juices to login and spar with various issues. I've come to believe it'll take some getting used to...balancing the energies required to do my job in the classroom, and continue to stretch as a professional...at least, I'm willing to stay in the hunt. This is too damn exciting to ignore...

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Comment by Sylvia Martinez on September 17, 2007 at 1:17pm
Hi Russ,
In a community, there's room for everyone! Seems to me like reading (or listening) is participation, and you should do what you want and what makes sense to you. Tomorrow it may be different, and if you decide to post things, it most likely will mean more to you because you've been reading the flow as you go along.

There are no rules in the web 2.0 frontier, so don't feel guilty. And really, those of us who post a lot should probably worry about sucking all the air out of the room and making people feel like they have to yack all the time or it doesn't count.

So I'll stop now ;-)

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