Blogging is a public business. Once you start blogging, you start exposing yourself. Then, nothing more natural than developing an uneasy feeling and getting a bunch of questions popping up in your head. Because of that, one might decide to stop blogging. People blog for different reasons, but the one that stops teachers from blogging is the fear of having nothing worth to say, write or share. As nobody blogs for oneself but to be in contact with the community that shares the same interests. The magic of blogging is the possible interaction that might occur through it. Without it, the whole thing would be seemed pointless.
I write everyday. I fill my books with thoughts. My lesson planning with remarks, feedback and whatever comes up before, after or during the lesson. I write because I have lots to say… especially to myself. I blog though because I hope other teachers who may take the time to read may also take the time to reflect with me. Thus, contribute with my PD and help me offer the best to my students.
Blogging is time consuming. You need to consider what & why you are writing a particular blogpost. There seem to be a need to be written out in a manner that is clear as possible to the reader where you are going. Building a PLN of bloggers who will care to read each others’ blog also takes time and effort. It is such a blessing when you have people who care to take a look in your teaching context and offer something for you to take back to it in the next day or week, or even year. I feel blessed for having those who care to share with me there thoughts and critical eyes on matters I post.
Although it is time consuming, it is also rewarding. I use blogging as a PD tool. As I blog, I practice describing my own teaching experience as well as having the opportunity to reflect on my teaching assumptions and beliefs. That is why my blog is a journal. It is not about sharing activities, even though that will happen from time to time, but more about the rationale of why I had chosen them. It is not about happy moments either, nor it is about not knowing where I am heading.
It is more about the UHs? OHs. and AHAs! than anything else.
And without the GREAT TEACHERS I have met through first iTDi AND BLOGGING, then Twitter and Facebook, I would never have gotten where I am now as far as knowing where I am heading. Their contributions have been more than valuable, they have been essential and inspiring for my continuing development.