Why should Educators Blog?

I identified strongly with Dr Michelle Everson’s thoughts on blogging in her article which appeared in “eLearn” Magazine at the end of 2010.  The principal advantages in blogging for Michelle are the opportunity to reflect and record as well as make strong professional connections.  Reflecting, and connecting, interacting with and feeding off others, are two major components of critical thinking.

Michelle’s hesitancy to start blogging is easy to understand: would she have the time to commit to the routine of blogging, and would  it become another chore on her list?  Besides, she already felt adequately connected online with social networks.

But Michelle has evolved into an enthusiastic, regular, articulate blogger.  I can see how the way she uses her blog would work well for me also.   “…my blog became like an online journal.  I use it now to reflect on my classes and record what I do in each class and what I think works well and what doesn’t.”   It has become a recording tool that she can refer back to when planning in years ahead.

Another big message from Michelle’s article is value of the unexpected connections she has made through blogging.    “This has led to many great conversations with other educators about teaching issues. I’m not as alone as I once thought I was…”.   I too would like to become better connected.

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About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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5 Responses to Why should Educators Blog?

  1. Shraddha Nayak says:

    Hi Liz,
    It is funny how we chose the same article. I think we are spending too much time together!
    We both value blogs for their ability to serve as a medium for reflection and collaboration. I liked the point you connected it further to critical thinking, which is one of the important required skills of a 21st century learner.
    I also applaud Michelle’s ability to articulate her thoughts clearly and persuasively in her article. The very fact that we both took away similar ideas from the read is a testament to that observation.

    Shraddha

  2. Becky Herges says:

    Liz,
    I also appreciated this article for several reasons. My hesitancy to blog (besides not knowing exactly how to use it in the classroom) is that it would be too much work. Like both you and Dr. Evenson mentioned, the benefits of being connected to other teachers and hearing their ideas far outweighs the work involved. I also like the idea of bouncing ideas off of other people. Being able to view other teacher’s blogs would also be beneficial to see what did or didn’t work for them. Although I haven’t started my own blog for my classroom it is definitely something I’m more willing to consider after reading this article.

  3. Megan Smith says:

    Liz,
    I can identify with Michelle’s article on many levels… before taking this class, I had never blogged before and I now find it very cathartic in a way. I like your idea of reflecting on lessons and I might adapt my blog towards that goal. Do you worry that your students will find your blog and start adding their own comments on your reflection? Or, perhaps that might be a good way of collecting data from them!
    ~Megan

    • eadurkin says:

      Hi Megan
      I would not worry about students commenting – I have to approve the comments anyway. I think it is good to see that we are reflecting, and attempting to improve all the time. Plus if the reflection involves them they may be able to add insights. (Just need to be careful about how we phrase negative comments.)

  4. Serge Labrecque says:

    Hi Liz,

    Why should educator blog is an interesting article. As I am going through this course, I realize that I really want to apply many of the tools we are exposed to. As Everson is explaining in the article, blogging opens up communication to like minded and as educators, we can really benefit from expanding our minds and network. Sometime, I get so focused on our my world, that I forget that its a big world out there and that there a lot of bigger/ more important issues that what I am facing.

    Serge

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