Let’s just say for a moment that in teaching, we value concepts such as:
- Fostering relationships
- Enhancing resilience & staff wellbeing
- Encouraging deep reflection
- Sharing of best practice and vision
- Engagement in our profession
- Enhancing teacher quality
- Cross-curricular links
- Links to the “real” world*
- Peer-to-peer coaching
- The development of a body of work
- The ability to stay “current” with social & technological trends
Which one of these would blogging NOT address?
I believe that blogging is the simplest, cheapest but also the most effective way to enhance teacher quality in your school… without the need to fire or hire anyone.
I suggest that as a start, school leaders could create a school-based blog and allocate 1hr every one or two weeks for staff to blog. You can keep it completely “in-house” or use it as a window into your learning community – whatever suits your school.
In fact there are probably already a number of bloggers on your staff who could help facilitate the setting up of your blog.
If your school is devoid of bloggers, this link gives you the 101 on what’s needed to get a blog up and running.
Make sure you encourage openness, honesty and consistency. Encourage staff to read and comment on each others posts. Make sure you allocate time for this.
Struggling to think about what to write about? Why not start with:
What went well for me at school this week and why?
Do this for a couple of weeks and see how it develops.
As with most things, it will take time, but persevere and perhaps in 6-12 months, you could write a post about the benefits, challenges and opportunities blogging in your school has presented.
And please send me the link to your post when you do!
Of course if your school is already doing this please feel free to leave us a comment to share your experiences.
*I’m not sure why school is so often seen as NOT being a part of the “real” world. But that’s another blog post for another time.