When I started blogging a few months ago, I was just thinking about sharing my thoughts and teaching experiences. I didn’t expect to develop such a community, a friendship with other teachers from around the world.And , sometimes, I think I learn and take so much and give back so little…My motto is: SHARING IS CARING!
Many colleagues, ask me all the time about what a blog actually is or how it helps teachers …Well, a blog (short for weblog) is a frequently updated website that often resembles an online journal. It’s so easy to create and update a blog – it requires only basic access to the Internet, and a minimum of technical know-how.
Why I blog?
Blogging helps me to remember.So many times this year I said ” How did I do that?” and I searched my own blog to find out! I also used the blog to actually teach lessons- the pics from the previous year’s kids helped me to inspire this year’s bunch. Having a set curriculum, I often repeat concepts, but blogging helps me remember, teach, reflect and do better!
I blog because I enjoy sharing ideas! Blogging is an excellent way to network with like minded people and learn with them. I also enjoy the added benefit of having a written and visual record of the activities I have tried in class.
Here are some reasons for writing or using blogs:
Blogging is educational.
We are teachers, but also learners.
As an online portfolio of our classwork.
Blogging helps us to reflect.
And grow professionally and personally.
Blogging broadens our horizons.
Blogging shifts our perspectives.
Blogging motivates and inspires.
Blogging is a way to share our expertise.
Blogging is a way to find support.
Bogging spreads the word.
And makes it contagious!
Blogging is FUN!
My mentor in starting my own blog has been the amazing Vicky Loras !
Now, it’s my turn….So, tonight, I offer a toast to my many dedicated colleagues with the hope that more good teachers start their own blogs. I firmly believe that all teachers should be bloggers. I started because I felt I could no longer ignore the nagging sense that I must contribute!
The teachers get a voice other than in the class room,it gives them the confidence that they need to blossom and bloom.It would be interesting to draw the statistics as to how many teachers can actually speak publicly.Blogging will give them the confidence and chance to speak to themselves and others.
I admit that, I blog mainly for my own reflection.I started a blog thinking I might just share some classroom teaching ideas but as I began writing, I began to discover the joy of expressing myself. Now I’ve begun to read posts by other authors which is expanding my thinking even further. I continue my efforts to contribute to the blogging universe, I realize that I’m learning more about myself than creating a learning space for others.
We all have so much to learn from each other- how lucky we are to have found a way to connect with so many, far and wide!
As long as I teach, I will blog!
Sharing our knowledge, can make us better educators who provide a better education for children which means a better future for our world!
Finally, here’s a list of some great blogs to follow, before you might consider having your own blog….if you finally do, I’ll be really glad to know …!