Many of my contacts in Greece have Facebook accounts. It looks like Facebook is more or less, slowly but surely, becoming mainstream. Nowadays, when I ask fellow teachers or new trainees if they are on Facebook, the answer is mostly “yes”, where even one year ago, many would say “No” or even “What is Facebook?”
Very few of them however, at least in the local Greek context, blog as teachers. In fact I know only of two, perhaps thee teachers from Greece, who maintain a blog with teaching as its main focus.
So, this is a post to get you started on blogging and to suggest some reasons why it’s a great thing for a teacher to do!
It’s a follow up to a previous post with the title Would you like to Develop your Personal Learning Network? which sets the scene for the different ways educators can connect.
Don’t get me wrong. This post does not aim to knock Facebook down. Facebook has its uses as a point of contact and communication with friends, colleagues, family and it may be a very pleasant pastime for many of you. I find great value in Facebook as a first step which helps teachers who are not used to online communities to get their bearings, so to speak, to join groups, to learn to converse online and to get used to the concept that in this digital age, meeting people and making friends online is a good thing!
Facebook is also great for raising awareness of privacy issues. But that is perhaps a topic for another post.
But this post hopes to encourage you to start your own blog. I am new to blogging myself but I have grown to love it! Through blogging, I have engaged in discussions with teachers from all over the world and have been motivated and inspired both as a teacher and teacher educator.
So, I really want to share this and I warmly encourage you to get involved and and engaged in similar discussions.
Your blog can become your own personal record of reflections on teaching. You can write about
- a great idea which you used with your classes
- a great idea which you learnt from another teacher or read about in a book or a blog
- a problem which worries you in your teaching
- a review of a book you have been using
- some materials which you have used to supplement your coursebook
- a journal of your lessons with a particular class or group
Blogging is not about writing long and complicated articles although you can do that too if you like!
How to get started
If you are not sure how to get started, you can begin by reading other educators’ blogs first. You can start by following the list of great educator’s blogs listed on this blog’s “Blogs we like” list. Read the comments people post too!
Once you have become a little more confident, start writing comments as well.
When you think you are ready to start your own blog, you can choose from amongst many free blog platforms.
- This blog – our school blog – is hosted by wordpress.com
- My personal blog TEFL Matters in English is hosted by edublogs.org
- My personal blog in Greek Ξενόγλωσση Παιδεία is hosted by blogger.com
There are many more free blogger platforms but if you are new, I would suggest starting with one of these three. Edublogs is the friendliest to educators and through their lists, you can connect with many other educators around the world.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started!
And before you change your mind, write me a comment under this blog post, quick!!!!