Subject: Just thanks
Message: Hi Mr. Groom –
I read your essay on *Clash of the Titans*, part of which (the iconic Medusa scene) I intend to show my college class in Greek and Roman Myth this afternoon. I wanted some ideas for ways to discuss the scene that will bring the students beyond blasting the special effects, and your essay was really helpful. Nice analysis, and thanks from a fellow fan!
Best wishes to you,
T. in Kansas
I just stumbled upon this note I got a couple of months back, an while I already posted it before, it still speaks volumes about writing about what interests you regardless of your field. I, for one, truly believe that when you write about something you love, you’re engaging in the very act the field of EdTech often objectifies: teaching. The simple fact is you don’t need to always be talking about teaching, technology, students, and classrooms to teach, sometimes you just need employ them when you write about “that little patch up there in Mississippi” that you know and love best. And in many ways, this, beyond all the discussions surrounding educational theory, edtech, the internet, etc., excites me the most, the small, unexpected connections with a fellow fan. Thank you, T.
This also speaks to the importance of recognizing the good we do for one another. A thank you note is still good manners, even if we don’t do it on creamy letterheaded notecards any more (well, not often). I just offered up my own thanks on my site, although the recipients are rather diffuse (http://the-ed-rush.blogspot.com/2009/02/gratitude.html). Just like commenting on others’ blogs, showing appreciation oils the beautiful machine that is the sum total of our learning networks.