Why Educators Should Blog. . .

Things are flying around here today so I don’t have a ton of time to craft a beautiful treatise on the state of education or the passions of a teacher leader, but I did want to spend a few minutes answering a question that Jeremy Wang asked over at his new blog:

I’m slowly trying to cull my way through education blogosphere, and have found some gems here and there (the current Edublog nominations v2008 are helping). Some are making me nostalgic for teaching, others are going to re-awaken teaching nightmares. My Google Reader Ed folder is fat with feeds, and I’m trying to figure out if there’s room for me.

Here’s my advice to any new edublogger:  Blogging should be a selfish pursuit.

You should do it because you want to articulate your thinking and make your ideas transparent to a growing community of critics who can force you to rethink and revise. You should do it because you want to connect your thinking to the thinking of others and create new notions together. You should do it because you want to learn—and because you know that learning requires interaction.

If those core beliefs resonate with you, then fire it up!

Otherwise, lay down the digital pen and save yourself some frustration.

Ask yourself a simple question: If you never earned anything more than a small following of readers who were willing to jump into conversations every now and then—but they jumped in with fervor and brilliance—would the time you spend writing be worth it?

That’ll let you know whether blogging is for you.

 

4 comments

  1. Seattle Student Teacher

    Bill,
    I like what you said here about being motivated by the idea of refining your ideas, but I think that blogging as a teacher is so much more. Over the last several months I emersed myself into the world of blogging. I would argue that listening and talking to other teachers around the world makes one a better educator. Connecting with other teachers is about sharing ideas and expanding one’s toolbox. As the demands on teachers increase, it is imparative that teachers share knowledge and work together for the benefit of the children.

  2. Jeremy Wang

    Thanks for the encouragement, Bill.
    Given your criteria, I don’t think I’m ready to put down the digital pen just yet…
    Yes, I’m looking at my blog as a selfish pursuit – constructing my own thoughts, sharing them with others, and refining and revising my understanding based on interaction with others.
    If I am lucky enough to get a small following of readers, I would be happy. My goal is quality over quantity, and getting input from people like you is why I’m putting my thoughts out there.
    Thanks for being the first to comment over at my blog!
    ~jyw

  3. Bill Ferriter

    Thanks, Bud—
    BTW: Had a presentation at our faculty meeting the other day on “this guy named Bud Hunt that does brilliant things!”
    Made me smile…
    Rock on,
    Bill