Just Write?

Most educators who tweet and blog feel comfortable writing.  I've been wondering lately if the reluctance to sharing ideas and experiences in education may be due in part to the fact that some educators are not comfortable with writing.

It is frightening to write at times as there's always the chance you'll err.  You may write something that gets misinterpreted.  You might misspell a word or use a term incorrectly.  Your writing might be judged by too much repetition, common cliches, elaboration or confusing text.  Others may misconstrue your words or possibly quote you out of context.  When you write, you put yourself out there, and yes, that can be disconcerting.

On the other hand, if you don't share, your wonderful ideas stay dormant and potential is stalled or hindered.  Just think, your idea could make a significant difference for a child, teacher, administrator, classroom, school or system.  Your perspective could change others' perspectives for the better.  You could help someone make an important turn in their career path and impact many.

So, just do it, and don't be afraid to ask for your readers' consideration and support.  Be prepared to right any errors you make and reword phrases that don't make sense or send the wrong message.  After all, we're all humans, but as Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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