Thursday, January 6, 2011

Teach yourself what you think

To blog is to teach yourself what you think - Shelly Blake-Plock 
I came across a new (for me) blog the other day, called Learning with 'e's and written by Steve Wheeler, who is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth.  I found this particular post about blogging very interesting as Steve explains his reasons for blogging.  He says:

For me, this is reflexivity in action. Your work is placed right out there on the blogosphere, in a public agora for others to read, reflect on, and comment on. It's a shop window displaying your thoughts, opinions or arguments to anyone who happens to walk on by. Blogging in effect, can contribute to an endless cycle of learning through content creation, feedback, reflection and refinement of thinking. It is this kind of critical reflection cycle that can build excellent, creative, flexible and responsive educators.
This, for me, is why blogging plays a central role in any learning community and why schools should be encouraging their teachers to blog.

Photo Credit:  A Reflection of Hope by Lisa


  1. I couldn't agree more! I really like the line "It's a shop window displaying your thoughts, optinions, or arguments to anyone who happens to walk on by." Blogging is important to education because it gives all a place to think about their learning, making new connections and reflections along the way.

  2. I'd like to add that sometimes when I blog, I feel like I am running around the block in my pajamas. I feel very much on display and a bit exposed. However, the more I blog, the more 'dressed' I feel. :)