Privacy is an interesting thing – it relates to so many facets of our lives. What we say, what we think, what we share all have levels of privacy attached to them. Sharing this idea with our students is so imperative.
Thinking about privacy as a creative person, I automatically think of my sketchbook. It is the place I draw, I write, I reflect. It is a black book of hand drawn images, text and blank pages (possibly too many these days).
What I post online is another set of ideas and often these two things come into contact with each other. What I want to share publicly are things I am now actively thinking about sharing. I have earmarked these points as things I want feedback on, ways to possibly extend a conversation, or thinking that needs some resolution.
My sketchbook on the other hand has walls built around it – and I love that about it.
Helping our students demarcate spaces is so important. Please don’t get rid of student’s journals, please don’t lose the sketchbook. As we move more and more to digital means of creation explain to students the joy of creating something, writing something, for their eyes only.