Blogging For Reflective Practice

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Some thought about why I blog and how it helps me to learn

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Blogging For Reflective Practice

  1. 1. Blogging for reflective practice
  2. 2. Why reflect? <ul><li>Standards of the Victorian institute of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Professional engagement </li></ul><ul><li>“Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogging as reflection <ul><li>Edublogger community models and encourages this </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers who are passionate about their practice </li></ul>
  4. 4. Building community <ul><li>http://edubloggerworld.ning.com/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Building a reflective community <ul><li>http://edubloggerworld.ning.com/ </li></ul>
  6. 6. What happens when you start blogging as an educator? <ul><li>Bernie’s blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://9engf.edublogs.org/2007/08/13/help/ </li></ul>
  7. 7. Blogging…. <ul><li>another way of learning </li></ul><ul><li>a different way of thinking </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reflection…. <ul><li>Evaluate effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Identify my own learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Visualise future ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up with research </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reflection… <ul><li>A skill for life long learning </li></ul><ul><li>We model to students what we want them to learn </li></ul><ul><li>http://theopenclassroom.blogspot.com/2005/12/2005-reflections.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blogs enable… <ul><li>Looking back to where you were </li></ul><ul><li>The benefits of connecting disparate people </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from others </li></ul><ul><li>Articulating beliefs and thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Refining these </li></ul>
  11. 11. But it’s not just about blogs <ul><li>There’s </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul>
  12. 12. These are also about…. <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul>
  13. 13. I heard myself saying… <ul><li>“ I just didn’t know blogging was going to change my life in the way it has” </li></ul>
  14. 14. But it is not for everyone <ul><li>Uses the intrapersonal intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>Makes some feel uneasy </li></ul><ul><li>Some people reflect better in other ways </li></ul>
  15. 15. Try it and see <ul><li>My colleague Bernie </li></ul><ul><li>Calls his blog “From sceptic to ?” </li></ul><ul><li>http:// rimsitter.blogspot.com </li></ul>

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