Much has been written about the efficacy of teachers reflecting on their practice through blogging.
As teachers, we often ask students to reflect on their learning; since we are the lead learners in our classrooms, shouldn’t we be reflecting too? Some people keep a journal. My daughter creates journal entries a couple times a week, and she tells me that she talks about what happened at school or with her friends (no, I haven’t read it – there hasn’t been a need). Other people (like me) don’t want to write something that no one will ever read. That’s when a real, authentic audience cinches the deal and makes blogging a win-win situation for me. If someone else is actually going to read what I write, then I’ll take the time to edit and make sure I’m writing exactly what I want to say.
The problem with blogging comes down to actually writing. Is it writer’s’ block? Is it fear that people will label my choice of topics as cliche? I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s because writing inevitably ends up at the bottom of my to-do list. Perhaps there’s fear that my readers will find my topics boring or boorish. But you know what? It doesn’t really matter. A reflective blog is about MY learning, and if others somehow receive drive-by benefits, then it’s a bonus for both of us.
Writing and editing a post doesn’t really take that long, so what I need is a support group to keep me on task – you know THOSE people who nag you until you finish (start?) your workout or call your mom? I need a group of fellow educators intent on improving their craft to join with me as I work through my teaching. Is doesn’t matter what your job title is. You could be a superintendent or a custodian. We are all in the business of ‘doing what’s best for kids’ and in our collective effort of furthering that cause, we can learn from each other.
For each month, there will be an overarching topic with specific writing prompts. You can write your own post about the topic, or if you need more focus, use one of the prompts. OR (in an effort to be totally student-driven) disregard the prompt all together and write something of your own choosing. It doesn’t really matter what you write about – just make sure you have a message to communicate. Fully flesh out your idea, and post it on your blog. Advertise it on Twitter using the hashtag #12monthsblogging.
Finally, while you’re on Twitter, check out #12monthsblogging yourself, read some posts by fellow bloggers, and leave a comment or two.
In the end, I’m hoping that regular posting to my blog will help me solidify some of my opinions on education. That way, when people ask my opinion on a topic, I will have already examined my own biases, explored the evidence, and come up with a reasoned take on the subject.
I’m hoping you’ll join us – there’s no need to sign up, just post and tag on Twitter!