I have only been blogging now for about 12 months. Actually now I think about it I have been blogging for the last few years. My first experience of blogging came when I moved to England to teach about 6 years ago. As I was sitting in the library to check my emails I was peering over my shoulder at a fellow traveller uploading pictures and writing an online diary of their trip. Now this was in the pre facebook days and was exactly what I needed to share my pictures and what I had been up to with my family back home. Over the 4 years I was away it proved as a great tool to share with family and friends and I still love looking back and reflecting using Mel’s European Adventure Blog.
For some reason, until now, I have never linked this blogging with the blogging I do now.
Last year I was searching Google for some reason and happened upon Kathleen McGeady’s class blog. I instantly fell in love with what she was able to achieve in her blog and was very quick to get on board with my own class blog. It was such an invaluable way to add links for my class to use, share what we had been doing in the classroom and give the kids real opportunities for writing.
It didn’t take long for us to see the wonderful benefits of our blog in the classroom. With a few comments left on other blogs we soon grew a network of people who we now collaborate with around the world.
The next step in my blogging life was to find the plethera of teacher blogs out there. Kathleen McGeady’s ‘Integrating Technology in the Primary lassroom,’ gave me a lot of help in using web 2.0 tools in my classroom and also reminded me about my twitter account!
Through Twitter I was able to find some wonderful blogs such as What Ed Said, Edte.ch, and many others, which you will find filling my Google reader at the moment! I soon realised the potential of using these for inspiration in my teaching and reflection.
That was when I began my own blog! And why you now find me doing the Edublog Teacher Challenge! So why am I doing the challenge? As someone quite new to the idea of blogging, especially professional teacher blogs, I often have the feeling that I am not qualified enough or I struggle to think of interesting posts and because of this I tend not to post as often as I would like.
Therefore the Teacher blogging challenge is perfect for me. I look forward to publishing many posts over the next month.