Why Blog?

This is a question that I often wonder about – a lot! I read many impressive blogs, only a daily basis, from educators and a variety of other people. I often think WOW, they are so brilliant and  have great ideas all the time. A friend of mine @mrsmeganmorgan shared a tweet with a blog from George Couros http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/7013 that speaks directly to all of excuses I give to Megan for not blogging!

We as educators tend to underestimate our knowledge and its worth. We are also not ones to bask in praise (at least I am not). In the role of Teacher-Librarian/Technology Integration Lead Teacher, I find myself downplaying what I really do know. As an example, I have an Art teacher,who is an amazing artist and teacher friend and colleague, that has started using technology more in his classroom. It started for me as a simple challenge to him. “How do you think you could use more technology or use it in a different way in your classroom?” The things that he now uses (Google Classroom, Google Apps, Hangouts etc.) have become commonplace in his classroom. I was having a conversation, with all four members of the Art Dept., about how my role in the Art CTT (Collaborative Team  Time)  has helped the them. My friend looked right at me and said “You challenged me to be a better teacher and step outside of my comfort zone.”

WOW! Another one of those ah-ha moments. Of course the first thing I wanted to do was to downplay what he said to me. But then I thought, no, I am going to take some credit for this!

This whole process of blogging falls right into all of this. What do I know or what can I share that might make the difference for even one person?

Blog away….Blog Away!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Why Blog?

  1. I enjoyed reading your response to Couros, and it’s important to sometimes step out of comfort zones and to feel like we all have important stories to tell. In my response, I tried to lay out some reasons why putting ourselves out in public might make us more vulnerable and question what obligations institutions have towards us. Would be curious to know your thoughts.

    http://www.longviewoneducation.org/expanding-the-conversation-about-teachers-and-blogging/

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    1. All very valid points. I think when you, as a teacher, are held to a higher regard we have to be mindful in what we blog about. Sometimes I think that is the roadblock for many. I was never a journaler in my younger days, so writing for me is difficult. I have lots of things running around in my head – it is just is more difficult to put it down in writing!

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