What lessons did you learn about what it means to “speak up” through comments that is applicable to working with students? What did you learn about how to deal with things like dissent, asking questions, communication, etc. through this process that might influence your teaching practices, either on or off-line?
Completing comment challenges required active participation. Instead of scanning blogs and quickly moving onto the next one, I had to read a little more carefully, search for a conversation that would meet the requirements for a particular challenge. As a result of this 31-day challenge, I’m thinking of creating challenges for my students that would require them to participate in class discussion (online and off) at the same level of engagement. I’ll have to ruminate for a while before I know exactly what I want to challenge students to do. Any suggestions?