I started blogging five years ago during a class I took at Michigan State University. Even though the topics were chosen for my classmates and me, the benefits of those blog posts prevail and are what keep me coming back to WordPress to post.
Consolidation of Thoughts
Teachers have so many thoughts going through their heads, not including the recommendations from others in their school, on Twitter, in books they read. There’s a lot of information floating around. By writing a semi-short blog post, I must take all those ideas and organize them in a way that makes sense for me and for others, while also aligning with my philosophy of education that is ever-evolving. It takes more time than one may think to write a blog post, especially if it is a topic that has been rolling around upstairs for quite some time. Blogging helps me become a better teacher because disjointed ideas become actionable steps.
No one wants to dwell on frustrations or roadblocks. If I publish a blog post, I need to find a way to make things work for me and for others. It’s not a personal journal where I can vent; I view my blog as a small window view into my professional growth through the recent years. Since I don’t see myself as someone who allows themselves to be bogged down with negativity or pushed into a corner unable to try to be the best teacher I can be, I wouldn’t want others to see me as a victimized teacher. Blogging helps me see that perspective that we *so often* need to give ourselves. Education is a much bigger picture than that one student or that one family or that one administrator during that one conversation or that one email that put you in a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mood. Instead, it’s being a teeny tiny (yet influential) part of the village that is raising a generation that will lead fulfilling lives as contributing citizens. Blogging helps me take the magnifying glasses off to see that big picture and remember it’s all about the kids. Everywhere.
I know the effort that goes into creating a blog post, and I love reading other educators’ blog posts to see what they’re passionate about, currently experimenting with, and discovering. It’s invaluable to have the ability to read another educator’s blog and learn from them, even when they are thousands of miles away. In TripAdvisor, one can take-take-take by solely reading a bunch of reviews to make informed decisions for their own lives. OR they can give and take by contributing to the forums and adding reviews to make the travel experience better for everyone. Blogging is the same. We can read and be fueled by other educators’ enthusiasm and ideas, while also sharing our own to make the web more professional and inspirational for all educators and stakeholders.
These are the top three reasons that I blog. While I’m unaware of the distance my messages reach and the effect anything I write has, I do know that it helps me reflect on my own practice and push myself to be better. I owe a huge thank you to The Compelled Tribe for letting me join their crew and continue on this path with intention. If you don’t yet blog, I encourage you to start small, really small and let it take you from there.
Yours in Learning,