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Not All Teachers Have to Blog or Even Be On Twitter

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I see a lot of posts and discussion about how we wish all teachers would get on Twitter or how all teacher should start a blog, and at first, I was a believer.  I know how much I have benefitted, in fact, how much my life has changed, because of blogging and Twitter.  And yet, now I falter on the belief of blogging and tweeting for all.

Blogging for me opens up a conversation that I don’t have the time for to have face to face some times.  It opens up debates, new ideas, and inspiration that I often cannot find in my every day doings.  However, it also removes me from seeking out those opportunities to have those same discussions “live.”  That doesn’t mean everyone responds that way, but I think many of us do.  Blogging is a tool for deep reflection, even though it is a public one, it is a time for me to put myself out there and to sort through what it is I really mean.  And that doesn’t work for everyone, and why would it?  We all have different comfort levels in how we share ourselves.

So instead of syaing that all teachers should blog we should hope that all teachers reflect.  Whether it is through a blog, throguh a conversation, through a journal; the reflection is what matters.  The reaching out to others and having those courageous conversations, putting yourself and your ideals out therefor debate, that is what matters.  Not whether you blog or not.

The same goes for Twitter.  I love Twitter because I can connect with others, easily, on my time.  Yet you can connect in other ways.  Twitter is not the only way you can learn something and again here I think it is the act of connecting that makes us herald Twitter as the best PD for teachers.  It is not Twitter that does the professional development for us; it is the way we use it.

So no, I don’t think all teachers should have a blog.  I don’t think all teachers should be on Twitter.  But they should all be reflecting and connecting somehow, somewhere, with someone.

10 thoughts on “Not All Teachers Have to Blog or Even Be On Twitter”

  1. Sounds reasonable to me. I appreciate that, like students, we are all different. So, yes we all communicate and learn in different ways. Like you, blogging and Twitter have been greatly beneficial to me and I would like to include others to learn from and share with. I do think people should try it before making that decision. Great thought provoking post!

  2. I think it's important that all teachers connect, reflect and advocate. Twitter lets you do that. So do blogs. However, those three things can be done with multiple types of media.

  3. I'd agree with what others have said. Based on working with teachers, I have also observed that many are overwhelmed with their daily teaching responsibilities, family, and life events. To engage in Twitter or blogging is time consuming. Yes, teachers need to make time in their lives to reflect, but that can be done in many ways. However, social media like Twitter and blogging do allow us to connect with others beyond the boundaries of our daily lives. For instance, I have met you and read your students' blogs by finding you on Twitter. Just because I have made these connections online through social media, I also understand that others don't have the time to be online looking for these kinds of opportunities. I wish they did, but as long as they find other ways to reflect and connect with professionals, they are at least making time in their hectic lives to reflect on their teaching experiences and their influences on their students. I work with teachers daily as a faculty member in a School of Education, and although I introduce the teachers to Twitter, I also see that many find other ways to stay connect professionally. Overall, they are more inclined to use blogging, perhaps because they can see the connections between that medium and a technique they might implement in their teaching. In using both in courses, I find most are more likely to walk away from the course as bloggers than Twitter users. Yet I have been recently asked to get our student teachers on board with Twitter. Do others think student teachers with all the other demands that they face will have time to make productive use of Twitter?

  4. You are once again so right Pernille. Not only would it be impossible to to read all the blogs of all the teachers in the world. It would be impossible to connect with them all via Twitter. So it makes sense to connect in those ways with teachers who are comfortable using them and connect face to face with others at conferences, ed-camps and TeachMeets. Not forgetting the Staff room too.

  5. I have a few tears in my eyes as I read your post. I have struggled and felt so guilty for having a blog and not using it regularly. I even had someone design it for me so it would look great in the hopes that I would want to spend more time there. But no. I have never enjoying the act of writing but I do love to chat and I am a very passionate reflector. I am always thinking, adapting and learning from myself and from others! I love Twitter because I don't have to say a lot but rather can make my point with few words. Thanks you so much for making me realize that tormenting myself about blogging is a waste of time. Your post made me realize that I can give myself permission to NOT blog even when other say I need to. I will keep this in mind when I ask my students to blog! Maybe some of them feel the way I do!?

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