The other week was the 3rd anniversary of I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! Where has the time gone?
However, unlike most birthdays and anniversary celebrations, I feel I got the presents and unwrapped them long before now! My blog is ultimately a selfish gesture that I share online for convenience. It means that when I’m on the road, I can always access material and ideas. Writing each post helps me reflect and remember activities, events and other matters.
Before beginning a blog, it was a bit like looking into an empty field and wondering “Should I go there? Where’s the bull?”
However, because it’s an online “thought store”, others did drop in and notice it. I owe all of you a big thank you for doing this, especially those who leave comments. Other bloggers have taught me loads, leading by example.
So here’s my birthday honours list in no particular order:
The title of my blog is a direct result of discussions with a good friend, Deremiah. He told me that “I’m a teacher, get me out of here!” was too negative. So I changed the title. He also suggested the tag line “The emergency exit to outdoor learning.” Thanks Mr *CPE.
I spend a lot of time musing over what to write twice a week.
The first comment didn’t arrive until seventeen posts later with A Place for Procrastination
picked up on my blog through a business networking site. Thanks Roy.
It took another 2 months before the blog was mentioned in another blog. Bill Stephen, an outdoor educator in East Lothian wrote a post based upon one of mine and this created quite a discussion and resulted in my getting to know several of the contributors. Thanks Bill.
I’m a slow learner when it comes to technical matters. So it was eight months before I managed to work out how to insert photos into a post with This Place Still Rocks. Thanks Blogger.
I like blogging because I can easily correct errors – like so much work outside!
In September 2009, I ran a post about Walkodiles
. This was the first time I had managed to get a debate going about an outdoor matter and the first time I actively promoted my blog to teacher and outdoor friends on Facebook. So thanks go to Elaine Stephen MBE
for designing this product and letting me borrow it.
In October 2009, my blog title became the tag line for a series of postcards for the Real World Learning Partnership who represent around 20 charities and organisations in Scotland dedicated to outdoor learning. You know when you’ve a good idea if others start sharing it! Thanks RWLP!
I love the way bloggers support and help each other out!
By December 2009, I had figured out Google Analytics
and was amazed and delighted to have 450 visits that month. I also discovered Google Alerts
and created one for “Outdoor Learning”. This was helpful in that within a few weeks, up popped a blog post about Outdoor Learning Experiences for Preschoolers
by Jenny at Let the Children Play. This was the first time I had come across a blog which had such a clear focus on outdoor play. Thank you Jenny!
At the end of January 2010, a teacher called Tom left a comment. So I checked out his blog and it was then I discovered what a blog could really be! My eyes were opened! Also, because he listed my blog in his blogroll, I started to get lots more visitors to my blog, which to this day continues. Thank you Tom.
Like plants, blogs and other social media grow roots and shoots!
Through Jenny and Tom’s blogs I started exploring other blogs and that was when I realised what a big blogging network was out there. After sitting on a Creative STAR Facebook
page for more than a year, I decided to see what would happen if I gave this a go too. I’m particularly grateful to Donna at Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
who showed me the ropes of all this through her amazing interactions. Also, the clear photos and text on Sherry and Donna’s blog really taught me to use photos in blog posts. Thanks to both of you.
It’s about getting a pattern going with blogging!
Also through Facebook, many people comment about my blog. I’d particularly like to thank the former and present teachers over at and near Inveraray Primary who were so encouraging on Facebook and in person – Fiona H, Fiona J, Linda and Anne. They made me realise that the bigger teaching world does peek into the digital rabbit hole for ideas and inspiration.
Schools like Inveraray and The Coombes, above, continue to inspire me.
In the year ahead, big changes are planned. This blog will be merged with my Creative STAR website
which will involve substantial alterations to both to enable better sharing of resources. This is thanks to the UnLimited 4iP Award
that will cover much of the cost of the work involved in setting up the new website.
Thanks to all of you – the bloggers and the visitors. Together we make a positive, vibrant community of support for outdoor play and learning.
Let’s all make our mark outside!