In a recent Twitter chat the magical panacea suggested for improving education was for everyone to get a blog. Like the regular call that every teacher should join Twitter, I think that the call for every teacher to have a blog maybe a little misguided.
In a recent post from George Couros associated with a MOOC around his book Innovator’s Mindset, he touches on the importance of having somewhere to share and reflect. However, he follows this up with a reminder that this will all be to no avail if people do not also read and comment on each others posts. For this is often where the deep learning occurs. As Couros states,
- It makes everyone smarter.
- It encourages people to keep going…many stop because they feel no one is reading their blog posts.
- It builds community
This is important as it touches on purpose.
So by all means start a blog, but please do not think that in itself a blog somehow makes you special. As I have stated elsewhere, you need to develop your why and remember that as time passes this reason will ebb and flow. If there is anything that I would recommend that everyone did, it would be to get connected, build your network, for perspective is priceless. It is only then that you will realise that without a space of your own you are sometimes limited to what you can say and do.
So what about you? What are your thoughts? If you write a blog, why? If not, why not? As always, comments welcome.
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