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Teacher Blogging: Lend an Ear; Give a Voice

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by Neil Finney

Blogging can be an excellent way for you to enhance your teaching career and your connection with colleagues and students. By following anonlinestep-by-stepguidetobeginyourblog, it will take no time to getting started, and you need only invest as much effort as you see fit to maintain it. The product of this new venture can be your own professional growth and a valuable resource to support the learning process in your classroom.

Open Your Online Gateway to Discovery and Knowledge

Blogs are best utilized when they are a dialogue between the writer and the audience. By posting information to which others can interact and make comments – you can build an enlightening dialogue about teaching practice and key learning strategies that can support student achievement. Your blog could also be shared with your own school environment as a springboard for ideas that can be implemented at your own school level, especially through professional learning communities and school plan initiatives. Remember to listen to the opinions of others, as much as you are speaking about your views to your online audience.

Where to Start? There are so many Choices?

Onlinebloggingforums contain tutorials on adding videos, pictures, and even polls, to your blog site. Blogspot.com, Edublogs.com and WordPress are great places to start, all offering user-friendly interfaces.

Find Your Passion for Writing and the Teaching Content You Want to Share

Compile and divide a list of topics at the beginning of your blog journey into things you want to share and those you want to learn. Navigate through the blog posts that “Weinspirefutures” contain for ideas about current and relevant teaching issues being discussed right now. Posting your comments and questions to these posts is an excellent starting point to enter into the online teaching dialogue and gain those blogging skills that can be transferred to your own blog site.

What key issues do you think should be written about by teachers using online blogs? What are some of your favourite blog templates? 

 

During Neilʼs 9 years of teaching experience, he has taught in London, England; Ontario; public and private schools; elementary and secondary; junior; intermediate; core french; developmental skills; and now junior gifted (grades 4,5,6). He is a Reading Specialist that has been incorporating technology in his practice consistently throughout his career. Neil has recently published his first book entitled “Ignite. Incite. Inspire.” – Examining 21st Century Issues in Education, which is a collection of teaching articles and posts written from January to December 2011.

 

 

 

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  • http://adunsiger.com Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca)

    Neil, I love blogging professionally, and I really enjoy reading other teachers’ blogs as well. I’m drawn the most to educators that blog about their own classroom experiences. It’s great when they can write about what works well in the classroom, as well as what does not work well. Hearing that other educators struggle helps inspire me to share my struggles too, and often learn some great new approaches for teaching students.

    As for blogging templates, I really like the clean, simple look. It’s great when bloggers have a catchy blog heading, but I often get overwhelmed if the main page of the blog is covered in widgets. Too many font colours also makes the blog posts harder to read. For me, less is more when it comes to a blog design. I’d be curious to hear what others have to say.

    Aviva

  • Marie King

    Great and very interesting post! I am a grade school teacher and sometimes find myself racking my brain trying to think of ways to engage my students in ways that I haven’t before, all the while making what we’re learning fun. I just read a great book you might find helpful, it’s called “Teach Like A PIRATE” by Dave Burgess. You can check him out and get the book right from the website http://daveburgess.com/. Thanks for the post and info!