Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Day 3-#SOL16: The Opportunities of Revision
The Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by the inspirational writers of Two Writing Teachers. Each March, they invite people to join them in a commitment to write every day. Here's to another year of daily slicing!
On Tuesday, I went way out of my comfort zone and I served as one of the presenters for a webinar about inquiry. Don't get me wrong--I am comfortable with the concepts of inquiry; in many ways I am more comfortable teaching an inquiry lesson than a direct instruction lesson at this point. However, sitting at my desk and talking to unseen people with three other presenters who I couldn't see either felt strange. An important reflection about the experience that I had as I drove home had to do with how much I love writing as a form of communication.
Writing, unlike speaking, gives us unlimited opportunities to revise our thinking and self-edit what we put out for others to read before they read it. Yes, once we hit the publish button, there's an element of permanence, but not like speaking. When we speak, there's not nearly the same opportunity for redo's. We can say phrases like in other words, or what I mean to say, or I'm trying to say, or let me try to be clearer-- I have even come to use the phrase "Bear with me, as I'm drafting" when I am speaking out loud. But still, our words are out there within the permanent imprint of a webinar.
All in all, I think the ideas we shared were important ones, and I hope that people do take some time to listen and watch. It was definitely a stressful hour--even longer as the ten minutes before it started were particularly nerve wracking. I could offer some tips for anyone who is about to facilitate their first webinar, but I'm glad I did it.
I'd just rather write.