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Blogging as Professional Development

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Some folks have qualms about whether it's in teachers' best interest to blog about their work. Joel of So You Want to Teach, on the other hand, counts the ways—eight, to be precise—in which blogging has made him a better teacher. Highlights:

"If it weren’t for blogging, I would honestly get home and focus on my personal life. Visions of cafeteria duty sure wouldn’t dance in my head until I rolled into the parking lot the next morning."

Wait, is that good thing? Anyway, this one's much more compelling:

As I said before, blogging forces me to come up with stuff to write about. As I do that, I am forced to analyze some of the situations in my life and try to find out why the work or why they don’t work. I like to think of this blog as a resource rather than simply an online venting platform. Effective resources have answers to their questions.
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Thank you for the link and recommendation to read this. I have been thinking quite a bit lately about how much impact my blog has had on my teaching. It's amazing.

This has been the most peaceful year of my teaching career, despite being potentially the most stressful.

The point I like about blogging as a teacher is participating in professional discourse outside of my group of friends, teachers in my district, and in my school.
Over time I see blogging as a way that teachers will build a body of knowledge unique to classroom experience. It also enables me to participate in conversations about Ed Policy with policy wonks and journalists on equal footing.

Perhaps if you would like something to do at night you would appreciate the free personal development training within the website from my community. I wonder why personal development is not a subject taught in schools. It is so key to the success of a person in their life. It is all about setting goals and believing in yourself.

Teachers do very well in this community as what we do is teach and coach people
in our system.

It certainly would get you out of your usual circle and into a group that is focused on making difference in the world today.

The training is free in the resource section of the site. www.cwfhtraining.com passcode fsbo.

I am teaching and training people and would love to show you about. It is a bit tricky to get past the first set of
videos and on to the page where you can
get into the resource section with the MP3 audio files and phone numbers for live calls with 100's of other people.

Robin
802 371 7456

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