Mandy Wade

Educator Blogs: Using Blogs to Enhance Teaching

on March 29, 2015

Educator blogs have become a great way to share information about teaching. With the number of education theories and practices exploding in literature, educator or edublogs, serve as a platform to share this information. These blogs tend to focus on pedagogy and topics that would reach out to a broad audience of teachers. Some of these blogs serve audiences of a particular content such as science or math, whereas other blogs may share theory and political topics to all teachers. Content specific blogs often give ideas that demonstrate ways to teach similar topics using one type of pedagogy. For example, a science edublog may offer numerous STEM lessons that lend advice to teach in an inquiry style. Other blogs that are more general may offer topics that can be used by all teachers regardless of the content. An example of this would be an edublog that focuses on the idea of close reading strategies and analyzing texts.

Linking and Thinking on Education

This blog is written by Joanne Jacobs who is a freelance journalist and has several articles written in many different newspapers and magazines. The blog focuses on educational trends within the context of our society. Ms. Jacob’s site has numerous current article excerpts that she has pulled from many resources. Examples include topics about poverty and education, education and migrant children, serving breakfast in school, as well as many others. She comes across as the education correspondent for NPR and all of “her” stories can be seen here. Except, they are not her stories, but instead stories that she has found and shared. Her blog also offers links to many other education blogs and teacher blogs such as Curriculum, Kitchen Table Math, Paul Bruno, and Organized Chaos. Lastly, she plugs her own book, Our School, in which she describes the book in detail and has links to purchase the book.

Science Fix

Darren Fix is a middle school science teacher in California who created this blog to share lessons and demonstrations with other teachers. On the homepage of his blog there are numerous short videos that are scientific demonstrations. Two examples of the videos include Melting Rates and Floating and Sinking Mystery. The videos are set up in a way that teachers could easily recreate the activities in class. These videos could also be used by students to watch, make observations, and think about why they see what they are seeing. Mr. Fix appears to be a phenomenal teacher and the type of person that other teachers would go to get great lessons. The blog is his way of sharing all that he does. Aside from the demonstrations, he links his own Twitter page, which is full of other science related tweets.

The Tempered Radical

Author, William Ferriter, has taught well over two thousand students during his twenty plus year tenure as a teacher. His biography continues to describe his work as an author, blogger, consultant, and speaker. His blog is very inviting and is loaded with thought provoking posts that discuss views of education. Mr. Ferriter’s banner has links to his own biography, information about his consulting work, references and information about the books he has authored, as well as his wikis, flicker slides, and twitter stream. He links wikis to his page that contain platforms for books that he has written, as well as one for his sixth graders. This link for his own class is minimal compared to the other links that he has within his blog. Under his consulting link, for example, he explains different workshops, coaching and modeling services. There is also a link to references, beside the consulting link, which seems to be used to validate his work.

As a media specialist, I could see myself setting up an educator blog that could be a school-wide resource for various instructional practices. This virtual venue would be open to all teachers to share and respond to one another. An edublog could be used for on-going professional development for the school. In this case, teachers, once shown how to use the blog, could share what they are doing in their classrooms and provide examples of lessons and student work. Other teachers would be able to learn from these posts in order to improve their own instruction. Throughout the school year, this educator blog could archive the many instructional practices and reflections that are being done within the school. As a teacher, I would benefit from having a resource from which I could draw inspiration. I could see what other teachers have done, write about my own lessons, and reflect on the success of my instruction. Ultimately, this would improve my class as it would be a way of growing myself as a teacher.


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