Talk about not seeing the forest for the trees!   Looking at instructional strategies and visible learning over the past week with my discussion forum and blogging is one of them.  This link talks of transparency in the classroom and how blogging and using social media to create a digital learning community allows students and  colleagues  to communicate with teachers, giving feedback asking questions and promoting an environment for active/visible learning opportunities.

Here is an excerpt:

Teachers and students alike should consider blogging because it helps make our thinking and learning visible. We need to be more reflective as professionals and we need to model and encourage reflection for our students.  The best teacher blogs are ones that share insight into the classroom experience, sharing the ups and downs, the successes and failures.  Consider that by having a blog, other teachers just like you might have the courage to try something or learn from you.  Blogging is one of the most transparent and scary things we can do as educators. It is also one of the ways we can regularly communicate with and invite parents into our classrooms and the insights we bring to our profession. For students, it provides them a voice and an opportunity to very publicly wrestle with questions and concepts for an audience far greater than their teacher and classmates.

Interesting eh??