Should educators blog?

bloggingIf you have been following my blog you’ll know I’ll say yes. You know I have been recommending educators should blog because it strengthens and connects us all. A couple of weeks ago the topic for the #aussieED chat was blogging. One of the questions was Should teachers, students and leaders blog? My answerometer blew up and I tweeted that. It was suggested we should blog an answer. There you go. Participate in a dynamic conversation and you have a blog post. It’s been there, cooking in my brain and now is the time to blog it. That’s why teachers should blog. You get so many ideas coming at you and blogging is a way of sifting, filtering and settling on what is important to you and your students. I still cannot answer that one big question in one blog post so what I’ll do today is give my three best reasons for each of the groups. See? one tweet and I now have a blog series.

Why should students blog?

1. It develops their literacy in mother tongue and other languages they know or are learning. Half way through the year their facility in expressing themselves markedly increases.
2. It backs up and reinforces their class learning. It shows them that learning is a continuum and is connected to the real world.
3. They realise the world will take an interest in what they do and that what they are doing is valid and not just slaving over work.

Why should teachers blog?

1. If you read this post Why blogging makes you better at life it gives the main reason. It joins the dots in your head and makes your knowledge very sound and secure.
2. You can connect with other teachers, experts and the wider community and get invaluable feedback and information.
3. It backs up what you are doing in class. The resources are there for you and others to access.

Why should leaders blog?

1. They can interpret education to the wider community and demystify it.
2. They can promote pathways, thinking, vision for education.
3. They can connect globally and start working on the best of global practice. Blogging makes you look outwards and contextualises what you are doing and thinking.

These ideas are by no means all that blogging is and can be. It facilitates connection and communication. It provides a platform for leading your self out of your own thoughts and space. Isn’t that what education means? In a connected world that is what we need.

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  1. […] and it has been an invaluable addition to our learning. This post is a follow-up to a previous post Should educators blog? so it is the first of three posts in the series. Initially when you start teaching students to blog […]

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