Posted by: Kathy Cassidy | March 17, 2008

Why Am I Here in WordPress?

For the past three years, I have been reading the blogs of many people in education that have insightful, powerful things to say. The blogs of people like Dean Shareski, David Warlick, Clarence Fisher…well, I could go on, but the purpose of this post is not to give you a list of my RSS feeds. The thoughts of these people, most of whom I have never met face-to-face, have helped to shape my own thinking and push me to be a better teacher. I consider myself to be a doer, not a thinker, practical rather than philosophical, so I valued the fact that they shared online, but never thought I would decide to have my own blog.

I have had a classroom blog for my grade one students for about three years, and I have noticed that occasionally things slip into it that are not really classroom blogish, but rather show my learning more than that of my students. I don’t think this has been a totally bad thing, but I have sometimes felt that it was a kind of schizophrenic voice, hopping back and forth between the children and myself. More and more often lately, I have been tempted to write about something that on second thought didn’t really belong there.

So here it is, Rena. Thanks for the push. I’m not totally sure what I want this space to be, but I’m looking forward to seeing what it evolves into.



  1. Glad to know I’ve had some influence on your learning. I certainly understand and appreciate those that take time to reflect and consider the value of connecting tools before diving in. I’ve led to many to the water only to see them take a sip but never come back.

    Anyway, all the best and before you get too far along, add something to your about page….I have no idea who I’m talking to, but wish you all the best!

  2. Thanks, Dean. I thought that I had. I’m still finding my way.

  3. Honestly, I had no idea this was you! Now I feel like a loser. You realize this place will rock once word gets out.

  4. Ms. Cassidy, Thank you for diving in and eing brave. Been standing on the side of the pool for quite some time myself. Only recently been exposed to Shareski and others, but the one that got me to the water was Miguel Guhlin. I Keep testing the warmth of the water with my toes and it seems OK but maybe now as I see others start, I know that all is well and it may well be time.



  5. Miguel has been one of my inspirations, too. Thanks for stopping by. Let me know when you jump in.

  6. Hi Kathy. After facilitating blogging in your classroom so beautifully, I’m delighted to see that you have now begun to carve out your own space. The voice of the Canadian primary teacher is still pretty faint in the blogosphere. All the best. I look forward to reading the insights you share here. I think it is also more than ok to share what you do and experience without necessarily “philosophizing” about it. –Paul

  7. Kathy I just found your blog! I’ve often looked for a professional blog from you and I’m very glad that you’ve taken the plunge. Your voice is one that is much needed.

  8. I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts. No pressure, but I already sent the link to my wife who teaches first grade . . .

  9. So glad you’re blogging in your own space. I’ve added you to my “must read” list. The water here is warm … and so are the people. 😉

  10. Kahy,
    I am SO happy to see you here with your own blog! I’m subscribed, and am looking forward to hearing from you the person, not necessarily just you the teacher… – Mark

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