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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.