The Houston Chronicle has posted a much-linked-to article on the ever-expanding teacher blogosphere. Money quote:
The number of blogs about "teaching" or "teachers" tracked by Technorati.com has jumped 10 percent in less than six months to nearly 950. LiveJournal, one of the most popular blogging sites, lists about 415 chat communities interested in teaching.
(We actually would have guessed the Technorati number might be higher.)
Among the reasons cited for the growth: In an education environment in which teachers feel they have less and less meaningful input, blogs give them a chance to air their opinions and frustrations.
The article stresses, however, that teacher-bloggers must often walk a very fine line between expression and discretion, often opting for anonymity.
Explains Mike in Texas: “School administrators tend to be pretty vindictive, and they don’t like people with different ideas from them. People who speak out are not regarded very highly.”
Let’s just hope “Mike” isn’t his real name. ...
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.