Thursday, August 5, 2010
Who Influences You?
I recently received a blogger award for my Libeary Corner blog, I was thrilled. Part of the procedure was to nominate 15 other bloggers that I thought were versatile. Wow, one of the people I wanted to nominate is a friend who has really encouraged and supported my efforts at blogging. We played phone tag. I couldn't find her blogs that I had bookmarked and usually read. FRUSTRATION!
This morning through happenstance I reconnected with both her blogs. To Craft A Fine Line and First One and Then the Other. Melissa has a strong voice and a great sense of the absurd. The first time we met was in an education book store that she was managing. Imagine me in a book store. I know you are LOL! From their we developed a friendship. One I treasure very much.
She has the rare knack for listening when you are feeling most confused, celebrating your victories and sneakily suggesting the next step that I have been running from or maybe its to. As a teacher I have tried to analyze this practice because I would like to duplicate this quiet influence with my students. I believe the best learning is inquiry driven. Questions the individual wants answered.
This morning I was reading Two Writing Teachers - I was moved by the post "Ruth's Slice of Life - Listening to Photograph by Nickelback . I was also influenced to listen to this piece of music. Then I thought about using music and photos in my own class. How will those things combine to influence my writing?
What is it I want to know? I want to know how to make my writing better. From a conventions stand points my commas and dangling participles along with fragments are the boon of my literary existence. But now as I try my hand in the free lance writing ring I realize I am probably going to have to learn to master them. For nearly half a century they weren't even on my radar. Now they seem to be in my headlights. As I ponder my own personal learning net work I have two questions for you? What do you want to know? And who influences you?