I Don’t Know
everything about everything or
about the things I choose to study.
I Do Know that I’m curious and
A girl who likes to propose
a good workshop for learners she’s never met;
A girl who thinks the topics on her mind
will make for a good conversation
among self-selecting walk-ins.
I Don’t Know
About the things I choose to write on.
I Do Know that I feel a certain kinda way
About some things
and that my health will thank me
if I assault the page
rather than a passing human.
Because I’ve realized that my writing, studying, presenting
Is less about KNOWING
and more about LEARNING.
My writing, studying, presenting – all that’s about
changing my perspective (and maybe yours, too),
opening up spaces dark and silent
developing eyes and ears for connections.
What I know is
how to gather and marshal resources.
I know how to welcome what you know
into the room.
I know how to encourage
movement, spontaneous or otherwise
because we’re going places.
We’ll take our flashlights and hard hats
to investigate ruins and
sites of construction.
We’ll build stuff ourselves: relationships,
bodies of work, archives of resources,
towers of knowledge.
I know how to
raise the bar
raise the roof.
Knowledge becomes a thing we
It’s a dangerous, risky thing
I Don’t Know.
Which is why I say, too
I Do Know
how to listen
for what the situation requires;
how to face the discomfort
of waiting to find out
what happens next.
I am a teacher.
This is my calling.
Written in great anticipation of a 5-day learning experience in Digital Pedagogy Lab, August 5-9, 2019 at University Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
I will lead the #DigitalIdentity Course.
Please come and make it what it fully needs to be.