I found out last night that I have been shortlisted in two categories for the 2005 Edublog Awards. I do not know who nominated the blog of proximal development but I am honoured to be part of such an illustrious group of truly inspiring educators. In fact, the more I think about it the more I realize that my online contributions do not amount to much compared to what some of my colleagues have accomplished. My nomination in the "Best Newcomer" category got me thinking about the path that I have travelled as a teacher and a researcher since my first entry, posted on February 22, 2005. When I posted my first entry, I had one goal - I wanted to become a better composition teacher and I thought that blogs would help me achieve that goal. I also decided that I couldn't help my students develop as bloggers if I myself didn't have any blogging experience. I wanted to try blogging in order to better understand this technology and its impact on my own self as an educator. I did not think that any educators or researchers would find my thoughts and findings interesting. My blog started as a personal journal of my experiences with blogging in my classroom. I soon realized, however, that it was becoming more than a journal. I found other blogs and I became interested in what other educators had to say. I found myself following the posts of a group of individuals whose interests aligned very well with my own. I gradually started seeing my own blog as part of that group. I started reading different stories and realized that they all intersected, that our voices brought this group into existence.
That is precisely why blogging is so effective. It creates communities. It is through the edublogging community that I have "met" so many inspiring individuals who motivate, engage, and enlighten me on a daily basis. My Bloglines account is now filled with voices from this community and I am honoured that someone out there believes that my voice adds to that conversation and merits inclusion in the inspiring group represented by the shortlisted candidates. Thanks to all of you for pushing me to learn.
Thank you for the nominations and, if you would like to vote for this blog in the "Best Newcomer" and "Best Teachers' Blog" categories, please click here.