My 1st Wordle

Another VP introduced me to Wordle today (Thanks, Erin). She uses it to analyze the words she uses in her blog. It is a very interesting concept because it really shows where your emphasis is in what you write on your blog.  The words you use most often in your posts are larger than the words you less often.

I’ve only had my blog for just over a week now, but I thought it would be interesting to see what Wordle came up with when analyzing the words in my posts. Here is my first Wordle (click on the image below to see a larger version):

Wordle: My 1st Blog Wordle

I am satisfied with my first Wordle with students being the largest word.   The only word that surprises me is the word “must” and the size of that word.  It surprises me because there aren’t many times where the word “must” is that important. I am not that kind of educator or leader where people “must” do certain things.  Of course, there are things people need to do, but I don’t think I’ve ever said, “You must do such and such.”  Makes me laugh just thinking about it. (Come to think about  it, I think the word “must” is a result of my blog about courage, where I write, You must over and over again.  tee hee )

It will be interesting to see how my Wordle changes and evolves as I continue to blog.

I think I would like to make a wordle to go in my office somewhere, for all to see. This wordle will have all the words I value in leadership, being a VP, and being an educator.

The words that I may include in my office wordle may be: relationships, caring, teamwork, collaboration, students, teachers, administration, school, learning, technology, subjects, education, learn, goals, strengths, encouraging, positive, rewarding, love, joy, courage, family, fun, enjoyment, community, books, reading, love of learning,  growth, creativity, fun, subjects, projects, classes,  personal, differentiation, active, engaged, data, results, achievement, curriculum, learning outcomes, empathy, enthusiastic, inclusive …

That seems like too many words.   Maybe making a Wordle with my name, surrounded by the 20 most important descriptors about me would be better – to put on my office door or in my office window. OK, maybe I need to make two more Wordles – one for me for inspiration to put in my office and then one for others to get to know me as a person.

Which words would be the largest in your wordle?

Thanks Erin for introducing this application of a cool tool.

You can see Erin’s Wordle here.

About Tia M. Dawson

There are many things that define who I am as a person. First of all, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children! I can not express how fortunate we are to have our children in our life! Secondly, I am a Principal of an elementary school Langley, BC. Lastly, I am a person who loves photography. I gain so much enjoyment and satisfaction taking photos. I have learned a great deal about photography since I purchased my first dSLR in 2008. There is so much more to learn though! All three of these things help to describe who I am as a person, but also demonstrate my love of learning - nothing is ever stagnant with any of these. I love to learn!
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8 Responses to My 1st Wordle

  1. Act More says:

    This looks like an awesome resource. Definitively be using it sometime. Thanks for sharing this resource!

    • T. Henriksen says:

      Kevin, I’m glad you like it. I’ve already planned how I am going to use it with my students! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.

  2. Erin Paynter says:

    You’re welcome Tia! It looks great! It’s surprising how such a little thing can bring about such deep reflections. And thanks for the link to my Wordle.
    Happy we connected. I’m learning a lot from our conversations!
    Erin

  3. PrincipalJ says:

    Wow, that is so neat! I want to do this with my blog too! Did you have to copy/paste each of your posts into wordle?

    • T. Henriksen says:

      It is neat! Thanks to ErHead for the idea. She gave me all the instructions here:
      http://erinpaynter.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/my-updated-wordle/#comments

      So, take a look. It is really easy, if you follow Erin’s wonderfully laid out instructions. If you need any help, just let me know.

      Enjoy! I can’t wait to see what yours looks like. By the way, if you don’t like the particular colouring or layout of the wordle they make for you, you can try again and it will give you a different layout/colour – with the same words.

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