“Blogging, then, whether in graduate schools or kindergartens - in elite universities or slum schools - binds all of us together. In blogging we display our views of knowledge and learning, we advertise our ideas, how we reason, and how we struggle with moral choices whether we intend to or not. To blog is to enlist in a technical, morally based vocation...
Edubloggers, do you see blogging as an extension of your teaching? If not, should you?
On the flip side, do you see teaching as an extension of your blogging?”
I couldn’t resist answering these questions but I had to take some time to think about how I felt.
I believe that blogging and teaching go hand in hand for me. After three years of blogging, I can’t imagine both not existing together and that is why I work towards encouraging other teachers to blog.
I have seen how blogging helps me reflect on my teaching practices. By writing about the process I used, I can see what worked or didn’t work and see why. It helped me see the purpose of doing things a certain way and allowed me to see the flexibility in changing things. I was able to see similarities in things that worked and was able to apply this to other lessons in order to be more successful. So I guess in this way, I see blogging as an extension of my teaching.
Yet, when I am blogging, I am usually talking about a specific topic which in turn motivates me to try different things with my teaching. When others comment on my blog, the conversation usually inspires me to do more. I also clarify my thoughts and beliefs about teaching through my blogging which in turn makes my teaching techniques more effective. I think if I had blogged many years ago, I would have been a better teacher which is why I try to encourage my students in my graduate classes to blog. I want them to see the benefits of blogging too. In this way, I see my teaching as an extension of my blogging.
How do you feel about this? Please share your thoughts.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).
Original image: 'Two Bloggers, after Norman Rockwell'
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