December 13, 2005
My last blog :(
I must admit that I am very sad to write my last blog. I recently found out that when you Google my name my blog shows up. Never before have I been so special as to have my name show up on Google. But with that said, my favorite part of the class was the blog. Everyone complained about it but I thought of it as my special way of communicating what I was thinking about the class. I think that one blog a week is appropriate, and two would be too many. I think it would be more helpful if you showed people how to blog in class. Blogs are new to most people and I do not think that most people caught on right away.
I really enjoyed reading The Tipping Point. I was disappointed that not many people read the book because I thought discussion could have been a little better. But overall I still took a lot out of the book personally. It was my second favorite thing in class after the blogs.
When you told us at the beginning of the semester that this class was going to be the most important class we ever take at the university I kind of sat back and rolled my eyes. But I have to really agree with that statement. I learnt a lot about myself. I can look at myself and know who I am, strengths and weakness, and if I where to rewrite my first blog I could say twice as much as I originally did. I made some great friends and I enjoyed their company, and I really enjoyed myself. I have taken so much more out of this class than I could have ever expected and I want to thank you for that.
Posted by at December 13, 2005 11:02 PM
Hi Karen - Thank you for your kind words; I'm glad this course was meaningful for you. I appreciate your feedback. The next time I teach this course, I'm planning to allow more time for The Tipping Point. It's a fascinating book and really looks at leadership from a solutions-based, opportunities-based position. I will also work on strategies to help everyone keep up with the reading. The faciliated discussions helped, but next time I will require that everyone read, not just skim, the chapters.
I'm also glad you mentioned the blog. You mentioned, "Everyone complained about it but I thought of it as my special way of communicating what I was thinking about the class." What a nice way of putting it. I'm still undecided about how much blogging brings to the class. So far, your classmates seem split in terms of how productive it was. It's a lot of work for me to respond to 13 entries for 26 students. I do think that way in which I can respond to you in an individualized fashion is unique to blogging - it's something that would probably not happen in our face-to-face course. I think I will ultimately be driven by my belief and the research that shows that we, as adults, learn from reflection on the content.
I'm really impressed by the changes that I see in you. I love that you are not afraid to challenge assertions, but also that you also have a softer side. Toward the end of class, I saw you combining these approaches with your team and in your presentation style. I was stuck by how relaxed you are in front of a class - yet how professional and fix on your topic. I think whenever career path you choose, you will be a star!
Take care, Karen. Best of luck in your future endeavors.