Blogging = Influence

Kurt, a new reader who writes over at the Wizards Teaching Blog, was caught by my recent post on why educators should blog.  He writes:

It is worthwhile because you are getting your ideas out to the small group, and offering your opinions up for discussion. It is the discussion that is the valuable part of a blog. Your ideas are challenged, and refined. Possibly changed. But whatever happens, your original idea is subjected to the scrutiny of others who often have the same objective as you do – becoming a better teacher. That is really the reason you should blog as a teacher.

Here's another interesting twist, Kurt: Blogging can allow teachers to enter their voice into important conversations about teaching and learning.

All too often, teachers are left on the sidelines when it comes to making decisions about what is right for students and schools. While leaving us out is not always intentional—we are, after all, locked up with kids while the majority of these decisions are being made—it's harmful because we know more about key situations and realities than anyone else.

Decisions made without us are unintentionally underinformed!

With more and more educators blogging, however, our "voice" can be heard from any location—-and the followers that you pick up become more informed because you've worked to make your thinking and your current reality transparent.

It takes time and effort, but blogging = influence….and that's something we've rarely had.

Is this a "blogging motivation" for anyone besides me? 

2 thoughts on “Blogging = Influence

  1. Sharon Williams

    Your post really got me thinking about teaching and how students need the same opportunity of influence in decision making. Instructional feedback is a core value in the Quality School movement, so why not encourage blogging as a means for students to post their thoughts about the classroom. Of course, we must teach netiquette, but it could be a valuable tool for teachers if they are willing to consider the different points of view. I took the opportunity to use your post as a “hook” on our new class blog.

  2. Phred

    I am an avid fan of blogs. My favorite thing to do after a long day in the classroom is to fix a snack, grab the lap top and start reading. It is comforting to know that there are others who feel as I do and who share my concerns and struggles. I have learned. Bloggers have taught me about technology and best practices. I have been briefed about education policy and have wrestled with alternate points of view. Sometimes the new perspective caused me to change my stance, other times it only steeled my resolve.
    John Locke advocated freedom of speech for several reason but the most striking was so that arguments could be taken to their “logical limits”. Ideas have to be put forward so that others can comment on them. These comments help those involved to refine their arguments. It also allows for correction of those who are in error. This part of blogging is the most important. Spurred by technological developments, advances in our understand of how students learn and a global economic downturn, education is changing rapidly. It is important that the voices of all stakeholders be heard. In particular, it is important that teachers be heard. Blogging is the perfect soapbox.

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