I have made a few attempts at a #credo this week, and I am realizing that I have commitment phobia when it comes to putting words to my beliefs and values about learning! I wonder if others are feeling similar. Is this why so many of us are posting "makes" this week and labeling them as "I don't love this," "drafty," "thinking out loud"? We haven't seen so many mid-make posts in previous weeks. I wonder if this is an aspect of making with words.
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- Yeah, I sense pushback. What business is it of anyone else what I believe. I think that credos are about assumptions. What is under the hood that powers this baby? Well...we are afraid when we open the hood for some muscle car enthusiast to look at all she will see is the rompin'-stompin' horsepower of a gyrating hamster wheel. But I think the point is that it is your freaking hamster and when gas gets really dear that hamster begins to look sustainable.
Or...to speak more sensibly and more metaphorically just read Joe's blog post and comments here if you haven't already: http://dochorsetales.blogspot.com/2013/07/credo-digital-media-production.html
What does your movement from attempt to attempt reveal? Why do you think there is resistance? Maybe your credo is that you don't like no stinking badges and you sure don't want no stinking credos. All 'rfp's' have their blindspots . Invent a new word for it. Find an old word for it. Lead a rebellion against it. Check out what I did to Bart's credo and be a pirate flying the colors of anti-cred. Be bold and say something like Samuel Jackson said on that movie about the snakes and the plane and the ... Or just don't do it. Isn't that the ultimate pushback, to withdraw our 'good will' as the Brits are wont to say. Whatev's...Jul 10, 2013
- I love it! I’m probably just underscoring what Terry has powerfully articulated.
William Stafford, who had the courage to say “No” in WWII and who also lost a son to suicide (as noted in his son Kim’s biography of William), wrote deeply out of his personal experience. Perhaps as condensed as anywhere, his poem “A Ritual to Read to Each Other” (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-ritual-to-read-to-each-other/ ) carries the importance of a credo, an “I believe” statement. The poem concludes:
And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,/a remote important region in all who talk:/though we could fool each other; we should consider-
/lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.//For it is important that awake people be awake,/or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;/the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe-/should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.
And I fully agree with Terry that to say “No” or “Not Now” to posting a response to any invitation in #CLMOOC may be at least as important as doing it.
Thanks for your honesty. That's most important. Let's tell the truth, as we can.Jul 10, 2013
- I have absolutely been feeling that, Anna. It seems that when beliefs are articulated and crystallized in a text they can become fixed. We're in SI doing MBTI profiling so I'm very aware of my "P" and that don't like to be pinned down. I'm finally getting to a point of production here, I think, by trying to like a coder when writing, an idea mentioned in the Wriring As Making Webinar. It seems easier to go into the thing fully anticipating that there will be bugs (inconsistencies) and endless versioning. I've found that a useful metaphor for for considering the Prufrockian dilema of "a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions."Jul 10, 2013
- If you write like a coder then you might think 'fast prototypes' then feedback and more prototyping. Get the users to work out the bugs!Jul 10, 2013
- Chad SansingOwnerFor me, I just look at makes like this as opportunities to gather and interrelate stuff I have already said :)
My major difficulty with any credo is, "Awww, just one? Man. Bummer."Jul 10, 2013
- credo? what credo? 'The way that can be named is not the way' Lao Tzu
speaks for me from the 6th Century BC :-)Jul 10, 2013
- Sheri EdwardsModerator+1I've found, if I can articulate what I believe, what I understand , I am better able to ask questions and consider other ideas. I will know if I need to change my mind; I will be leading myself forward instead of following, and I will know why.
Sharing opens one to acceptance and rejection, a scary place. Sharing begins a dialogue. Sharing prompts thinking. It allows us to understand different perspectives. What works in my corner of the world may not in yours. How will we grow connected learning precepts without considering the beliefs behind the ideas?
My credo is a draft because I'm still thinking about this "connected learning" and its implications for teaching and learning, especially in my district. I had to start where I am now. By sharing, I've found hints of what is relevant for connected learning in the comments, and what is important to others. I am beginning to form a more focused credo for connected learning that bridges what I believe about learning in general. So Anna, you may be right in thinking that making with words -- words that touch our personal beliefs -- may be more difficult to commit to.
Why share publicly in this community? For me, its because the community welcomes participation as well as expects it. Everyone's ideas are important and valued. We are trying to understand "the value assumptions that are the bedrock of our makes and of Connected Learning itself." I wonder if what we are doing is in developing these beliefs, is what we will ask students to do in the Common Core: identify claims and analyze and explain them. We are thinking through what is true.
Sharing will build a common set of beliefs, a manifesto, that includes all our perspective places and ideas. That final manifesto may not occur; it's too early perhaps in this transformation of education of which which this clmooc is a part. And that's why the community gives us choice to participate or not.
But wouldn't that be something, if this "connected learning" community developed such a set of beliefs, together?
I'm going back to the drawing board, and this page:
Thanks for inspiring me, Anna, to consider, Why a credo? Why share?Jul 12, 2013
- Sheri EdwardsModerator+1A third credo from the drawing board after your inspiration: http://goo.gl/FLgMy Thank you!Jul 12, 2013