To blog or not to blog…

About a year ago, I attended a workshop from a fellow educational technologist. He did a short presentation on Twitter and building a PLN. Although I had joined twitter in 2008, I didn’t “get it” until this presentation. I never realized how powerful 140 characters could be. Over the course of the past year, I have been learning so much. I have made connections that are impossible in any other venue… ¬†It has truly changed my professional life and inspired me to try new ways of teaching and learning. Throughout this year, I have read many blogs and thought– gee, I could never see myself writing a blog. I don’t like to write and who really cares what I have to say! ¬†But… just this past week, I read a Huffington Post Article (that came across my Twitter feed) from Dean Shareski (@shareski) and it changed my way of thinking. ¬†His opening line… “Want to create better teachers? I know how. One word. Blogging.” ¬†I want to be a better teacher so I continued reading. ¬†The article goes on to talk about the transparency and self reflection that comes from blogging. I also loved his idea for new teachers…. “So here’s my plan. Hire a teacher, give them a blog. Get them to subscribe to at least five other teachers in the district as well as five other great teachers from around the globe. Have their principal and a few central office people to subscribe to the blog and five other teachers as well. Require them to write at least once a week on their practice. Get conversations going right from the get go. Watch teachers get better.”¬†I LOVED it … and so, I decided to give it a try… I want to be a better teacher, I want to reflect on what I do, I want to share with others. ¬†Here I am… and I am very excited!

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