10 reasons to get educators blogging...

5 reasons educators should start reading blogs:

1) - Blogs are the heart of learning and sharing...

If you are an idea and inspiration junkie like myself, then you will find blogs to be extremely beneficial. Educators of all ages and backgrounds are bringing their ideas, reflections and experiences to one convenient location; their blog. Educational bloggers have one goal, and that is to share as many ideas and experiences as possible. During the last 7 months, I have had the opportunity to learn so much by reading and following the blogs of others. Additionally, reading and following blogs helps keep me current on new and pressing educational issues.   

2) - Blogs are real world and real time experiences...

When educators write a new blog post I can say with almost 100% certainty that they are writing about something that has happened recently. Whether it happened as part of their daily job experience, or it happened as part of a professional conversation, educator blog posts are relevant and current. Blogs are personal and can be quite intimate at times, thus bringing to the life the real experiences of real educators.

3) - Blogs will make you reflect on your educational practices...

As you begin reading educator blogs you will instinctively start to reflect upon your educational practices and beliefs. You will (whether you like it or not) start comparing yourself to others and to their experiences, and fortunately this is not a bad thing. The more we question and think about what we are doing the better off we will be. Reflection is key to educator growth and development, and blogging helps with this.

4) - Blogs give you the opportunity to connect and collaborate with educators from all around the world...

One thing most educators don't have the time for during the course of a normal work day is sharing and collaboration. Blogging provides a safe and comfortable forum that supports two-way (at times even more) conversation. Imagine this: you read a blog post...you have a question...you leave a comment...you get a response from the original author (or another reader)...you start a conversation with these educators...you've made several connections...you've started expanding your PLN (professional learning network). Blogs create opportunity through collaboration and sharing.

5) - Blogs are free, accessible and extremely convenient...
 
The Internet has made educator growth a "anytime / anywhere" kind of thing. New educator blog posts are being written on a daily basis, and most importantly they are all FREE! If you have access to the Internet (computer, phone, etc...), you have the world of blogging at your finger tips. Blogs are accessible 24/7 and help to provide you what you need when you want it. I am not saying that books will become obsolete, but reading blogs has definitely taken a chunk out of my book reading time.


5 reasons educators should have their own blogs:

1) - You wish to improve your educational practices through sharing and collaboration...

Your blog posts will be an open invitation for educators to leave comments. This is an excellent opportunity to see what other educators think about your educational practices and / or beliefs. By engaging in open conversations with other educators through comments you are able to learn from the opinions of others. More importantly, these opinions are coming from a very diverse group of educators who all want and are willing to help. The educator blogging community is extremely gracious when it comes to supporting one of their own.

2) - You want to help other educators by sharing your experiences...

Every time you write a blog post you are giving another educator the opportunity to learn. By reading about your beliefs and experiences, you are providing them the perfect foundation for growth. Just as you can grow and develop as an educator by reading the posts of others, others can grow and develop by reading your posts. Once you become comfortable reading the blogs others, it is only fair you start to repay the favor and start adding your own!

3) - You want to add to the educational discussions happening all around the world...

Too often educators are able to list all the negative and bad things happening in education, while they are only able to talk about and list a few of the positive things happening. A blog provides you the opportunity to be a part of the educational solution. Your voice now has a much broader and diverse audience, which in turn can be extremely powerful. Please take advantage of this great opportunity and let your voice to heard.

4) - You want to take professional reflection to the next level...

One of the best things about blogging (in my opinion) is the reflective piece. Whenever I sit down to write a blog post I am forced to really think about what I am going to write. Consequently, there is no way I can write something without having given it considerable thought. Anytime I share a classroom experience or an educational belief on my blog, I am forced to evaluate and analyze. This is a crucial piece to future educator growth and development.

5) - You want to inspire others and lead by example...

Some of the best blogs posts tend to have two things in common: 1) - they inspire me... 2) - they describe an experience or thought where the original author is leading by example. Here is your opportunity to inspire and motivate others toward new heights. Share your success stories...share your failures...share how you are trying something new and leading by example. Your blog is your playground, and I promise you...there is no greater feeling than getting a comment or an E-mail from somebody who was inspired and motivated to try something new because of your blog post...

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Tags: and, blogging, collaboration, communication, development, growth, inspiration, professional, teacher

Comment by A. A. Karim on January 21, 2011 at 8:51pm
Hello Justin! Greetings from Penang, Malaysia. Great blog post!! I was thinking the other day to write on this topic but there's no more to add because basically you have covered all. I truly agree with you the benefit of blogging for educators. Blogs are really a goldmine of educational and knowledge resources, not to mention the opportunity to "talk" to other fellow educators around the globe. Reflecting on certain issue or topic is one of the best part blogging, as you rightly mentioned. If we are taking blogging as a hobby as well as a serious educational endeavor, we will put some thought and deep analysis on the writing. As for sharing, yes, plenty of things to share. If one person read an interesting article, why not extract the gist and share it with the world. Sharing is caring...it doesn't take away what we have learned but rather we will extend it to other people.

I look forward to read more blog from you and I will surely visit your blog. May I take this opportunity to invite you to visit my blog: http://onestoplearning.blogspot.com/

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