Today could be one of those days that I might look back on and be like, so this is where it all started from…. #stuchatNZ. Turned from a crazy “10pm lying in bed kind of thought” to a “let’s create this and see where this could go kind of idea”. Here’s why I chose to go ahead with it….
Overall, my main personal goal for 2016 is to share my learning story and get my blog out there worldwide and really show people what I have to say. This blog started off as a personal learning tracker/learner story where I was to share weekly and sometimes fortnightly responses on how my learning was going. This is now becoming a very popular resource and tool (blogging) in modern education and especially at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. Me being me, I thought to myself this exact question. If everybody is creating blogs now at HPSS, what can I do to make mine stand out and be different from the rest? And by thinking and reflecting on that exact question I came up with the idea that I should talk about things that haven’t really been talked about by students that much. *Some of my most popular, older posts: Beginning High School: A short reflection & Education: Creating Change vs Waiting for it to happen*
Connecting with others and sharing ideas/topics/reflections with one another is another great way I want to get myself out there. I have even been taking part in a few things on twitter including more recently the Student Blogging Challenge. But take #edchatnz for example. I have loved talking about education and modern learning with a whole heap of teachers, leaders and students from all over the world. I enjoy every talk! Danielle Myburgh does a great job being the founder and running these talks. I am also very privileged to be one of the many students Danielle has taught over the past 3 years at HPSS. edchatNZ is a great platform for teachers to share ideas and connect over answering 6-7 questions each night about learning and education. But when taking part in this (by including Student Voice) I thought to myself, what if we made a similar platform available for students? That’s where #stuchatNZ came up from. A similar set up to #edchatNZ but with a student-centred focus. If teachers can bond and extend one another’s educational abilities then why can’t students do the same?
I am really excited to see what could happen over time with #stuchatNZ. Overall, I just really want to be able to connect and build strong relationships between students in New Zealand and worldwide! And I’m hoping that other students from around the world will connect and extend each other’s educational abilities.