Hey! You! Write your learning and teaching blog more often!Posted: January 27, 2012
Sorry to shout but I’m now convinced that a regular blog post is beneficial to you and your learning and teaching. I’ve found that committing to a daily blog means that every day I have to set aside 30 minutes to think as a teacher. To think about what I’ve done and reflect on it, learning lessons, communicating them and trying to share my knowledge.
Isn’t that what we’re always trying to get our students to do? Now I’m making myself analyse my previous actions, assess my plans and be ready to explain it in a way that even the most patient co-lecturer would start to find tiresome.
Now a daily blog is demanding and I speak from a small authority as I’ve been doing this for the better part of a month and, sometimes, I stare at the screen for 5-10 minutes before the words come. But when the words do come, I often get more than I need for the next day. I’m writing this on my Wednesday night, and you’ll see this on Friday 0400 (ACDT +9.5) (Thursday on US time), a day after another post that I just stopped writing. Right now, I’m putting some time and effort into my learning and teaching. They (well, Gladwell) say it takes 10,000 hours doing something to become an expert. Less than three solid years of blogging to go before I become an expert in… uhh… blogging?
But I digress (for comedic value). I’ve got some posts up my sleeve and every time I blog, I think about my teaching rather than my admin or my research.
What are the benefits? Well, every day I’m thinking about what I’ve done and how I can get better. I’m open to new ideas. I seek out new information. I actively look for things to tell you. By committing, I’ve made you a part of my own community and, in at least a small way, I don’t want to let you down by not posting.
If all of us did it, maybe not daily but weekly, we’d have a flood of good teaching advice, experience and lessons that we could all draw from. Of course, then, we’d need a really good search engine to find what we’re after in a giant sea of useful information.
You know? I don’t think that’s too high a price to pay. I’d rather have so much good information I was spoilt for choice, than so little that I had to take what I could get. Right now we’re in a good place because so many inspirational and motivated people are blogging – but everyone’s stories matter. Tell us your stories! Tell us your view of the world we all share! I’ll try to read as much of it as I can.