The Screeching Owl

I Accept Your Challenge and now Challenge You

Posted by David Fisher on 7th October 2010

Recently a friend of mine, and a member of my Professional Learning Network (PLN), Melanie Holtsman, posted a challenge on Twitter.  The challenge, for those who accepted, is to blog once a week from now until the end of the year.  As Melanie put it in her blog post, and I’m paraphrasing here, the challenge is a way for me to keep my blogging organized and keep fresh topics in mind.  Melanie, if you’re reading this and I’ve mispoken, I apologize.  By the way, thanks for the challenge and for letting me borrow your image.  If you’d like to read some of Melanie’s posts, she can be found at Once Upon A Teacher.

After much thought, about a minute after reading Melanie’s blog post on this and her spreadsheet with the topics, I’ve decided that I need another challenge in my life and this seemed like a good one.  After all, I too am a blogger and will need topics to write about.  And, it was ready made.  There is something to be said about that.

Now the challenge is on, the Fall Blog Challenge 2010, that is.  My goal is simple: write at least a blog post a week following the topics included in this challenge and gear them to what is happening in the classroom.  Through these posts I can continue to provide you with insight into what your children are working on, as well as links to interesting projects or sites that we’ve investigated in class.  That is my challenge, but it is not the only challenge being discussed here.

I challenge you, students and parents, as well.  I challenge you to engage with this blog on a regular basis.  Read the posts, make comments, and reply to comments made by others.

I challenge you, parents, to let go of your child just a little bit more this year.  Let your child go and explore his/her interests.  Let your child experience something new and exciting to him/her even if it is something that you would not consider doing yourself.  Let your child take that first bike ride without training wheels, so to speak, with you there ready to catch him/her if needed.  Don’t be surprised if you’re left standing there while your child rolls down the street.

I challenge you, students, to step out on your own.  I challenge you to show the world what you’re really made of, what you’re really capable of doing, and what you can really contribute to your community.  I challenge you to be superstars in your own way that will truly show your true gifts.

I hope you’re all ready.  I challenge you!

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