Recently, I attended a CEGSA workshop presented by George Couros where we learnt about the features and power of blogging. This in it self was not anything new to me. I know and understand the value of blogging and more importantly professionally reflecting is extremely important in every teacher’s practice.
For the workshop we were accompanied by a range of teachers from across the state and with varying skill levels. The great part of the day is that although this was focussed upon the initial set up and development of professional blogs George very generously catered for the whole room. We developed/improved our blogs and developed a great number of new skills including a few embedding codes. And in addition, those who so willingly gave up their Saturday in the middle of the term were all interested in improving their professionalism as well as those who came with the goal of not only personal blogging but to also become so adept with this process that they will also introduce their students in the process of reflection as a learner.
This was significant in that many of these teachers, prior to the session had never blogged, let alone made connections with their experiences and the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Making these standards important in the everyday practices of teachers makes them more meaningful. Historically, I believe, these standards have been shelved as words on a page that we acknowledge around professional review time where teachers seek student works and professional planning documents to support the argument that they can prove these are addressed in teaching practices.
With regular professional blogging where every blog is categorised into one of the seven standards, the hard work is done upon professional review time. The learning in the classroom is enhanced through reflection by the teacher and students.
As Jarrod Lamshed tweeted following the same workshop:
— Jarrod Lamshed (@jlamshed) May 16, 2013
There is always something new to learn and new tools or ideas to add to the tool kit.
I am still trying to apply my own words and the advice of George in the regular time and blogging snippets of our life (both professional and personal) to develop and share the continued learning.
— Rachael Bath (@rachbath) May 18, 2013
As we know, support is always the best way to change or establish new behaviour.
I look forward to reciprocating support for professional blogging.