At TEFL Matters (Marisa Constantinides), the old question arises…
If we are convinced about the value of blogging, why is it that it is so hard to get so many teachers, especially trainee teachers, get into the habit of blogging?
Although I was unsuccessful in accessing Marisa’s presentation, I’d like to take a stab at answering this question:
- The Value of Blogging – It’s so easy to think that the value of blogging is so overwhelming that other activities pale by comparison. The truth is, blogging’s value fades for those who are non-writers (gasp, yes, they exist in education), who have other life priorities and find themselves affirmed through different mediums (e.g. an outing with friends, quiet tea/coffee stimulated chats scattered at different times during the week). As such, the value of blogging isn’t readily apparent. But for definite groups of folks, blogging does provide value. It’s a conversation with oneself, a process of developing a voice in the absence of others that is thoughtful and focuses on transforming experiences into learning opportunities. . .of a willingness to discover learning while pursuing another aim altogether.
- Getting teachers into a habit – We already have so many habits. Trainee teachers, also known as preservice teachers, often lack many experiences and are keen on obtaining them. However, they don’t know what is worthwhile. When everyone is an expert, how do you sort…uh, curate…the advice and information coming at you from everywhere?
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