“Blogs” have become a part of our everyday vernacular. It’s a great place to go to hear a new idea or opinion on a variety of topics. In the field of education, more and more teachers are starting to blog as a way to get their voices heard and connect with like-minded educators. Teacher blogging has taken off in the past few years and it’s no surprise that more people are jumping on the bandwagon.
A blog is simply a website that allows a user to share a piece of writing. They are usually organized with the most recent post at the top of a list of multiple entries with the newest post at the top of the page. Many blogs have a single theme and contain posts written by one individual. Others cover a wide range of topics and include entries by different bloggers. Teacher blogs are most often composed of posts by one educator who shares their unique classroom perspective.
Just like every teacher’s classroom and style are different, you’ll find a good variety when you start to explore blogs written by educators. Some come from the perspective of administrators, others from classroom teachers, media specialists or technology integrationists. They can include actionable tips and lesson ideas that can be used in other teacher’s classrooms. Some teacher blogs include thought pieces designed to challenge their readers opinion on a certain topic in the field of education.
Educators are also trying out microblogging platforms like Twitter and Pinterest. These sites allow users to create a page where they can share links to great resources, simple ideas (140 characters or less), or photos from their classroom. Twitter gives teachers the opportunity to share tips or musings quickly in short bursts. Pinterest is often used to collect ideas or share pictures of classroom environments or student projects.
It’s not hard to get started blogging about your experience in education. You may want to choose a focus at first but don’t limit yourself too much. Sign up for a free website using a service like WordPress that lets you pick from a variety of design templates and has mobile apps that let you post while you’re on the go.
Here are a few teacher blogs you may want to check out for inspiration: Kleinspiration, <a “href=”http://www.mathycathy.com/blog/”>MathyCathy, <a “href=”http://rosscoops31.com”>Ross Cooper, and <a “href=”http://mrspepe.com”>MrsPepeDotCom. Each one offers a different example for how you can share the work happening inside and outside of your classroom. These blogs focus on best practices for classroom instruction and chronicle the power of personal learning networks and professional development. Whether you decide to follow these models are try something completely new, once you get started you’ll find your voice and figure out the best way to share your unique perspective and day to day experiences.
Have you started a blog or are thinking about trying out this platform? Share your experiences below!
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.