Reflective Blogging

I have found reflecting through blogging to be an excellent practice. During my 3 week pre-internship at a local high school last year, I wrote a reflective blog post every day. That reflective post allows you to look back at your experience and evaluate what went well, what didn’t work, and ways you might improve your lesson or experience. You can look through my pre-internship category of posts to see all of my reflections. While it was time consuming, I felt it was very effective as I can now come back to it at anytime if I am teaching those same lessons or classes again in the future. During my internship this year I chose not to write reflective blog posts but rather post short reflections on twitter. This did not work quite as well as I didn’t really look back or put a lot of thought into the tweets.

Overall I would suggest blogging as the best  form of reflection. Sharing your thoughts and experiences with others can allow for you to see different perspectives or new ideas via comments and links. Ideally I think it would be realistic to blog about once a week as an educator. When teaching full-time it seems as though a daily blog is highly unrealistic for most including myself.

Reflective blogging is a great form of personal and professional development. It can be a key contributor to improving ones teaching and learning practices.

What are your thoughts? Is reflective blogging realistic when teaching full-time? Is there a line to draw between personal reflections and educational reflections?

Aside from being used by educators as a form of professional development, blogging in the classroom can help students become networked learners as shown below.

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3 responses to “Reflective Blogging

  1. I make several blog posts each week and I try to post something weekly on my professional blog. I don’t see why we should separate our personal and professional life.

    I too ascribe to the belief that reflection is a very important part of the learning process. It is why parents ask their children what they learned at school.

    Not every person wants to write all the time, but you need to ask yourself this question: If I post reflectively daily will it make me a better teacher?

  2. Thanks for posting this. I have been wracking my brain for the term ‘connectivism’ and your embedded video helped. I think it explains learning in general and predates our current revolution in communications technology.

    I liked these principles of connectivism:

    Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.

    Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.

    Learning may reside in non-human appliances.

    Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known.

    Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.

    Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.

    Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.

    Decision-making is itself a learning process.

    Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.

  3. @wmchamberlain Knowing that teachers out there such as yourself are blogging several times a week provides me with the motivation to do so. As a pre-service teacher it is nice to look at educators who are modeling both strong blogs and reflective practices.

    @Alan I’m glad the video provided some helpful information. From the connectivism principles that you have highlighted, I believe the principle “Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning” is especially important. While there are great opportunities on the web to connect with others, we must maintain these connections so that they are not lost.

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