If you are reading this post you have already “dipped yours toes” into the blogging world. This is post is not to convince you on the benefits of blogging (or use the word reflect in place of blog). The question I am pondering today is how to get more teachers blogging (reflecting, sharing, connecting).
Last night on Twitter Phil McIntosh (@mistermcintosh) commented and I responded in kind:
Other people are also thinking about blogging, its impact and how to get teachers blogging:
And this got me thinking again, about something I have been thinking about consistently over the last several months and the quote from Will Richardson sums it up perfectly:
“Meaningful change ain’t gonna happen for our kids if we’re not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. At the heart, it’s not about schools . . . it’s about us.”
Others are having similar thoughts on the matter of teachers becoming learners:
How to grow reflective teachers, who are learners first? Do blogging and Twitter become everyday teacher tools like photocopiers and hole punches?
Do we introduce teachers to these tools in university? Do we mandate that teachers reflect? Do we give teachers in service on how to use these tools in a meaningful way?
And how about “older” teachers (I say that with the utmost respect as I am an old-ish teacher, with a young heart!), how do we get them to feel confident and willing to step out of their comfort zones?
From a session I ran at the Flipped Classroom Conference on Social Media I sensed a high level of curiosity on the both the topic of blogging and Twitter, but with that a high level of uncertainty on where to begin.
So…my plan of action for the fall to try to encourage more bloggers at our school:
1. Talk to my principal Leanne Zorn and run plan by her.
2. Offer 3 morning sessions (one in Sept, one in Oct. one in Nov) I find teachers are most energetic and ready to try new things in fall and this declines as dark and cold increases.
3. Send out email inviting interested teachers at OKM in late August. Keep group number small (maybe 5 teachers?).
4. Rough plan for 3 sessions:
Session 1 – Start a blog, look at some blogs talk about blogs. General, easy and low stress.
Session 2 – Write a blog or article review or make a collection, give feedback on one other blog.
Session 3 – Come with questions blog ideas, challenges and one blog you have read that sparked idea for you.
1. George Couros’ Why teachers should have Blogs
2. George Couros’ session on blogging Brief overview of blogs
Any ideas? Do you think reflection of some sort should be part of our every day activities? Is this a good plan or a big fat waste of time?
Why did you start blogging, what convinced you to try?
What would be an effective strategy for those who are resistant to change?