Flying for many hours means I have had plenty of time to catch up on reading saved blog posts. I think I’ve learned more from reading (and writing) educational blogs than I have from any other professional learning during the many years that I have been in education.
Some of my favorite posts contain examples of great practice, thoughtfully written, that make you wish you were there. I enjoy open, honest posts about dilemmas and failures and what was learned from each experience. I like posts written in the writer’s authentic voice, without self promotion or pretentious language.
How can I encourage those teachers at my school, who haven’t yet opened this book, to read (and maybe write!) blogs regularly, to see what teachers are doing globally, further their awareness of what’s possible, engage with new ideas and see their existing beliefs validated, questioned, or shared by teachers around the world?
Here’s my plan for a series of short, supported sessions for those teachers in the new year. Let me know what you think…
10 steps to get teachers into blogs…
Start by sharing a print-out of a powerful blog post.
Print off a number of posts on a similar topic. Discuss the different perspectives.
Bring your device. Each one gets a link to a different blog. Read and share highlights.
Find your way around blogs. Follow links. Go to other places..
Set up a reader with recommended blogs. Learn how to subscribe to feeds.
Talk about something interesting you discovered via your reader. Share a newly discovered blog.
Join the blogging conversation. Start by writing a combined comment. Choose a post and write your own comment.
Work together on a collaborative post for our teacher-blog (to date most posts have been written by me, and not widely read!)
Each teacher creates a post sharing an idea from a blog they read, how it influenced their thinking, or a picture of practice from their class.
I used to think… Now I think…
Might it work? Am I missing anything?