I have been reading about blogging on Twitter. George Couros says that as teachers “blogging is our job.” I am on a mission to find out more about what he means. AND I am starting a blog so I can learn as I go.
I want to grow as a teacher. I want to help my students be the best that they can be. Will blogging help me with this?
I watched a few tutorials on Blogging by Leigh A Hall. She has several and the first is “Blogging for Teachers: Part 1 – Why Blog?” She says that there are many good reasons to blog one being that if we know how to do it then we are better able to help our students learn how. However she did say that people are less interested in “our story” then they are in a topic they are interested in. Hmmm… this seems to contradict what George says. I’ll have to delve into this question more at a later time.
Why do I want to write a blog? To be honest I am not sure, but I trust that it may transform my teaching practice in some way. I like that George says that he writes for himself as a way to reflect on his teaching practice and write about things that he is excited to try in the classroom. I would much rather write about something that I am excited about than picking a topic that I think other people would like and writing about that.
I am a little afraid of what are people going to think IF they read this. Since I know that worrying about what other people think tends to be one of my biggest obstacles to trying new things, I am going to ignore those thoughts for now until I get feedback to the contrary.
Who is the audience? As a teacher I suppose other teachers MIGHT read my blog. But more likely I will be the one reading my blog as a way to reflect and build on my teaching practice. I am thinking that I would want my students and parents to read my blog so that they can be more engaged in the classroom. How this would work is very fuzzy in my mind and will require some more investigation.
Other people’s blogs
In an attempt to learn more about blogging and to find out what types of blogs are out there I did a google search and I found these:
The most interesting blog I found was by a K-12 art teacher art ed guru This is a pretty amazing blog but it was overwhelming because of all of the knowledge he has and the dozens of posts. Immediately I began to feel inferior and question some of the decisions I make in the classroom, but ultimately I discovered a great professional resource AND it caused me reflect on my practice. Big WIN! Leigh A. Hall says that it is important to see what other blogs there are out there so you can see where there might be a nice that hasn’t been filled. I can see that point but I am thinking that it would be more valuable because of the community I could build and the knowledge I could acquire.
Blog vs. Website
I found an artist on Twitter, Jennifer Frith, who I often find myself referring my students to. She has great videos and an attractive layout on her website that I know some of my students would really like. It makes me wonder what is the difference between a website and a blog? I think of her site as a blog but really it’s a website. Why choose one over the other?
Well I am done with my very first blog post. I am shocked that I am doing this but also hopeful and excited.