New Teacher Bootcamp at Edutopia. This week, we're supposed to talk about blogging. Convenient, no? As part of our assignment, I'd like to write a little bit about my blogging experience.
I first started blogging to keep track of great activities I did in my preschool classroom. I didn't want to forget them, but sometimes you do something and then the next year you can't remember how you set it up, or the materials you used, or whatever. I took pictures and wrote comments. I didn't originally intend for other people to see the blog, but I had left it as public in case anyone had thoughts on how to improve what I was doing. I gained a very small following, and then I felt like I had to change my writing style a bit so it didn't sound like I was writing my own grocery lists and posting them to the web.
Now that I'm finishing up my teaching license (my original career was in business and computing and you don't need a license to teach preschool in my state), I'm finding my old blog doesn't really fit anymore. I fully intended to keep it up by posting activities I saw in rooms where I subbed since I was still in and out of schools. But between my classes, working, and family, it just never happened.
My current blog (this one) is an attempt to force myself to reflect on my experience as I learn more about teaching. Ideally, I'd like to have it be a group project, but I have yet to find anyone else willing to commit to joining me. I was hoping to have a collection of people at different points in their teaching careers, such as preservice teachers and experienced teachers. So, if you are a very reflective practitioner and you'd like to have a voice but don't want to set up your own blog, feel free to leave a comment here! I moderate all comments, so you can leave your contact info and I won't post your comment to the public.