Journal 02: October 11, 2008

Today I decided that I was going to post a new entry to my blog (thirtygirl.wordpress.com), and I also made it a goal to learn more about RSS feeds. I’ve heard of them before but have had no idea what they were, so I thought this would be a good time to learn. Also, since the little orange RSS buttons are everywhere, I thought it would be pretty straightforward. I was wrong.

I’m trying to learn how to put an RSS feed on my blog, but even after an hour or two of research, I’m not really anywhere closer to doing it. I added the widget and somehow got the headlines for the Utne Reader Environmental Blog to show up, but I can’t get any other information to show on my blog sidebar. I’m pretty sure there’s a way, but I don’t know how. I also looked in the wordpress forums, but I couldn’t find an answer, and I’m not sure if I know what to ask.

I understand why this assignment is part of our first M.Ed. class. I think I feel a lot like my students do when they learn a new concept. When teachers throw unfamiliar vocabulary and concepts at them at rapid pace, it’s probably difficult to learn. Also, as teachers, we’d like to think that our students could just ask questions if they didn’t understand something, but just like I feel with RSS, maybe they don’t know what to ask or how. I have to admit that I just got frustrated with trying to figure out RSS today, so I just stopped. Again, I’m sure this is something to which my students can relate. When they feel like they can’t learn something, they just don’t. It’s too frustrating to feel like you’re fighting a losing battle.

Fortunately, I have the mental stamina to keep going and try again, but because of a student’s background or personal issues, he or she might not have the confidence or strength to do the same.

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