I wanted to take the time to think about what blogging has meant to me over the course of this semester.
I really like the idea of blogging to help build and form professional learning networks. It has allowed me to see what other colleagues of mine are writing, as well as what other professionals in the field are saying about certain topics or ideas. I do not know how much this would be possible without having this personal space that you as the writer can control and share with the world what you value or believe. It is a great resource for employers to access and read more about you in a place that you control. It adds to your professional portfolio, and others in the field can comment and add to your thoughts to help you build upon and grow as an educator.
Sharing your opinions opens up a scary place for some people because sometimes being open to what you believe or feel can cause backlash from viewers. I think that it is important to really think about what it is I value before posting online. If it is something that is true to me or a part of me, then the opinions of others are moments that can allow me to take a stand for what it is I find true to who I am. After all, if these opinions are important to me, then I hope others find value to them as well and will appreciate my words too.
Blogs have also been a great space for me to reflect on class content and my own inquiry. Mostly my reflections are in places that only I see and where I more than likely will never return to. I believe critical reflection for teachers is crucial. It helps me to expand on what I know, look deeper at my assumptions, and connect my experiences and examine them in order to learn and grow to become an effective teacher. Having an online space where I can blog some of these experiences for others to critique and collaborate with my own inquiries can be very beneficial. Having others contribute to my beliefs is a great way to tackle some of my assumptions and encourage me to work at things that need improvement. I hope to include more reflections later on in my future.
Having my own professional blog can be a great place to model for my students what a positive online identity looks like. Hopefully, my students can use mine and other online professionals blogs to inspire them to create their own. I will see down the road if I will have my future students create blogs of there own to share their opinions about class content or other things related to the class. I can see how starting at an early age to create a positive online identity can be happen simply by having a professional blog. Students can look back on these online reflections later in the course or in life. It would be a great tool to see how students have grown throughout the years.
I’m simply asking how have you come to view blogging throughout your own experiences? What would you say about creating a place in the classroom for students to blog?