Here are five benefits that I would consider you would have in starting up your own teacher blog this year to assist you in your professional development as a teacher:
- it enables you to share your lesson ideas and resources with a wider audience - thus creating an online directory/portfolio of your work to easily compare with others;
- it helps you to reflect on your practice - by writing down what you do in a lesson (both the activity being done and the way in which you teach it to to the children) you will often find yourself discussing your reasoning behind it and analysing how successful it was;
- it encourages you to deepen your understanding of different topics/teaching methods - such as by: reading, linking to or responding to other people's blog posts to reference/guide/justify your own writing;
- it lets you get feedback on your work through people writing comments on your posts - these can be very useful as they either praise it (affirming what you say you do in the classroom is good practice) or give you some useful suggestions on improvements that could be made (to support you in becoming an even better educator);
- it makes you realise how good you actually are at your job - there's nothing better than getting a lovely 'thank-you' comment from a teacher inspired by your ideas or looking on a site like Google Analytics, for example, to track visitors and see how popular your blog is with teachers from other countries across the globe.
How has blogging helped you develop professionally? Please write a comment below to let others know!