Neil Gaimon in his lecture, “Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming.” argues that it isn’t so much what our children read, it is the opening up of space so they have time to read and read whatever they want. That is the way to create readers and critical thinkers. So, where does a blog fit into this? I think writing has to be part of this discussion. A critical thinker must also be able to illustrate their ideas and writing is where this happens. This is the era of self publishing and thousands of blogs hit cyberspace everyday. In my own life, I reluctantly admit, I read more blogs than books now and if getting kids to read more means getting them to read anything, this might be one answer. Blogs can be fiction, poetry, art, music, science, current events – and they can be accessed by parents and students. In this blog post, Bill Ferriter offers some simple, straight forward methods for publishing classroom blogs.
I took a workshop from Mike Murawski while at a Project Zero Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It was focussed on multidisciplinary viewing of art – movement, sound, journaling, etc. We worked with a Jackson Pollock work for over an hour – and we could have doubled that! I think the blog that he moderates really addresses the style of learning we love – slow down, look deeply, form your own meaning. It is aimed at museum educators but really, we are all in the same boat.
Art Museum Teaching