Creating Community and Revitalizing Practice: Reflective Teacher Blogging


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Presented by Jeffrey Mattison and Jennifer Uhler at the 44th Annual TESOL Convention in Boston, Massachusetts on March 27, 2010.

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Creating Community and Revitalizing Practice: Reflective Teacher Blogging

  1. 1. 44th Annual TESOL Convention, Boston, Massachusetts 27 March 2010 Creating Community and Revitalizing Practice Jeffrey Mattison, La Paz Middle School, Salinas, California Jennifer Uhler, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  2. 2. Self-Introductions Blogging as Reflective Practice Outcomes and Pitfalls Future Outlook Questions & Answers
  3. 3. Background Educational Settings QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. California, Japan, Jamaica, and Russia Highlights & Challenges QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  4. 4. Community Professional Development
  5. 5. IEP Community Collaboration
  6. 6. Teacher Connections, Global Reflections
  7. 7. Belief in the utility of reflective practice Desire for professional development Outlet for teacher talk Digital experimentation and innovation
  8. 8. Bartlett-Bragg, 2003
  9. 9. 4/15/07 - In this blog you can expect to read three posts a week, one from each of us, with reflections from our classroom or institution activities. We'll ask questions of ourselves, each other, and our readers to build some dialogue. Please leave comments to create a conversation! How did you get started? Invitation (March 2007) Title negotiation Blog hosting site Reflective entry format Tags Frequency of posting Public
  10. 10. 7/6/07 - Thanks to this blog as an outlet for my thoughts! What features were evident in the initial blogging stages? Enthusiasm Structured questions from writer Conscientious responses from co-bloggers Growing awareness of cyber audience
  11. 11. 5/12/07 - I'm glad I have this blog as some purpose and outlet to look at my work through a TESOL lens. How did your awareness of the reflective process grow through blogging? Extracting meaning for further evaluation Future learning from past experiences Frequency of posts Expression of emotion Writing for ourselves Emerging trends
  12. 12. 2/12/08 - I hope that by writing this blog I’ll be able to get some ideas from readers… How were your voices as individuals displayed in your writing? Self-directed writing Writing styles External sources and references Learning conversations
  13. 13. Known to Self Unknown to Self Known to Others Unknown to Others Luft and Ingram, 1969
  14. 14. 9/30/09 - This blog has helped me to discover or reveal features of my teaching that no observer or video camera could reveal. How do you think your blog provides guidance to readers? Shared experience – you are not alone Model of reflective teaching Informed, sympathetic, authentic professional dialog Learning opportunities
  15. 15. March 23, 2007 – January 1, 2010 100 posts: Jenn (49); Jeff (45); Others (6) Averages: 2007 43 posts 2008 27 posts 2009 30 posts Comments Visitor Traffic: 5,377 hits
  16. 16. 1. Classroom Management/Behavior (28+18=46) 2. Motivation, Frustration, Burnout (19+5+6=30) 3. Planning, Curriculum Design (12+5=17) 4. American Culture (12) 5. Flexibility/Adaptability (6+5=11) 6. Environment, Community (6+4=10) 7. Time Management (7)
  17. 17. Web Traffic TAPoR Corpus Analysis 8,275 page views Analyze keywords in context Visits fall precipitously after Eg. “awareness” occurs 14 times privatization QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  18. 18. Self-review & awareness raising Jeff - Thanks to this blog, now I’m aware of it. Cyclical reflection Jenn - Even though Jeff and I share a commitment to reflection through this blog and I believe wholeheartedly in systematic, purposeful reflection as a useful tool shaping my teaching, I sometimes question whether it is a part of everyone's regular practice. Advantages of digital medium Jenn - This blog is an excellent outlet for professional conversation and support. It is perhaps one of the best ways that I can let loose about the lingering questions that I have about my teaching. Collegiality Jenn - I apologize for neglecting this blog and the collegiality that I find here. Active development Jenn - I believe deeply in the importance of continuing professional development (probably one of the reasons I am participating in this blog!)
  19. 19. The world is too small: Public vs. Private Jeff & Jenn - We removed public access in June 2009. Widely different contexts Jenn - How do you deal (obviously in a very different context) with hostile students? Over-magnification of insecurities Jeff - Perhaps these are my own insecurities as a teacher that I'm voicing. Attrition, participation Hisako - Unfortunately, for personal reasons, I am very sorry to announce that I won’t be able to continue participating in the regular postings. Time Jeff - I apologize for the two weeks of quiet on this blog. Changing foci and reflective outlets Jeff - I realize that going on my third year with this blog, I have regressed further and further into classroom management and self management.
  20. 20. Teaching without Borders 3.0? Some considerations What reflective practice has been most meaningful to you as a TESOL professional? How do you think technology could enhance that reflection?
  21. 21. Bartlett-Bragg, A. (2003). Blogging to learn. The Knowledge Tree: An e-Journal of Flexible Learning in VET, Edition 4. Retrieved from edition04/pdf/Blogging_to_Learn.pdf For a full list of our Reflective Teaching and Blogging references, please email us!
  22. 22. Jeffrey Mattison Jennifer Uhler *For more details on the technical side of how to set up a reflective teaching blog, please email us!