Some folks have qualms about whether it’s in teachers’ best interest to blog about their work. Joel of So You Want to Teach, on the other hand, counts the ways—eight, to be precise—in which blogging has made him a better teacher. Highlights:
If it weren’t for blogging, I would honestly get home and focus on my personal life. Visions of cafeteria duty sure wouldn’t dance in my head until I rolled into the parking lot the next morning."
Wait, is that good thing? Anyway, this one’s much more compelling:
As I said before, blogging forces me to come up with stuff to write about. As I do that, I am forced to analyze some of the situations in my life and try to find out why the work or why they don’t work. I like to think of this blog as a resource rather than simply an online venting platform. Effective resources have answers to their questions.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.